BOSTON -- A woman in Boston has pleaded guilty to slitting the throat of her friend's baby to retaliate for being kicked out of the friend's apartment.
The 9-month-old was killed in a snowbank in 2002. Natalie Rodriguez blamed what she called her "dysfunctional ways of living" for the drunken rage. She was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole when she is 49.
The boy's mother said her son's murder has destroyed her family.
Rodriguez said she silently lifted the boy out of his crib in the middle of the night, picked up a knife from the kitchen, placed him face down in a snowbank in a neighbor's driveway, and slashed his throat. She then hid the body under a trash can in the driveway.
She wept in court Tuesday as she apologized to the family.