Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Arkansas: Tyler Hobbs killed Maria Giron-Molina’s infant, hid body inside a Tupperware container, in the closet

Police from Washington County, Arkansas report that a Fayetteville man is accused of killing an infant and hiding the child’s body in a closet for roughly two weeks, while the baby’s mother faces charges as well.

Tyler Hobbs, 21, was arrested in connection with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Maria Giron-Molina, 21, is the boy’s mother also faces an abuse of a corpse charge.

The preliminary arrest report notes that Hobbs claimed he choked and shook the 1-year-old boy Oct. 15 because the boy wouldn’t calm down. Hobbs said the boy hit and scratched him then he blacked out, confessing that he  was high on marijuana.

Hobbs awoke and “freaked out,” attempting CPR on the dead boy. Panicked, he put the boy inside a Tupperware container, wrapped the container in blankets and put it in a closet inside his bedroom.


Tyler Hobbs, and Maria Giron-Molina

Giron-Molina told investigators that Hobbs said the boy fell at the park after she discovered blood on bed sheets. She changed the sheets and put the bloody ones on the closet floor., telling investigators she was afraid of calling police after her son’s death because she didn’t want her other children taken away, according to the report.

Police said the couple planned to give her other two children to relatives before contacting authorities.

Hobbs turned himself in Monday (Oct. 30) and police found the boy’s body later that day at the couple’s home on North Leverett Avenue, according to police.

Police said the boy’s body showed signs of bruising near his jaw, eyebrow and eye.

Hobbs and Giron-Molina were being held Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center on bonds of $750,000 and $500,000.

The pair have hearings set for Dec. 4 in Washington County Circuit Court.

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