Mom charged in decades-old killings of infant son, two other babies

A Wisconsin woman has admitted suffocating three babies — including her own 2-week-old son — more than three decades ago in deaths that were originally attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a criminal complaint.

Nancy Moronez, 60, is facing three counts of second-degree murder after admitting to drowning her 2-week-old son Franklin in March 1980. She told police last week that she also suffocated a 6-month-old she babysat in Milwaukee four years later and a 2-month-old girl while babysitting in Milwaukee in February 1985, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The infants were thought to have died from SIDS – or the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby – but Moronez’s daughter told Waukesha police in March 2015 that her mother actually killed her brother, according to the complaint.

Moronez’s daughter said her mother had admitted killing the infant by suffocating him with a garbage bag, but Moronez later told police that she actually drowned her 18-day-old son, holding him under the water until she “felt him wriggle a little under the water,” the complaint reads.

She then removed the boy from the tub, put a diaper on him and called police.

Moronez also admitted suffocating a 6-month-old boy she babysat in March 1984 by holding a blanket “real tight against the face” of the child. A coroner later concluded that the infant died from SIDS.

A year later, on Feb. 15, 1985, Milwaukee firefighters found an unresponsive and blue 2-month-old girl after Moronez, who was caring for the baby, pointed at her in a plastic seat on the floor and said: “There it is.”


“Do you remember me?” Moronez asked a firefighter whom she recognized as a responder to the boy’s death a year earlier.

“Yeah, I remember,” the firefighter replied, according to the criminal complaint.

“I told my husband I didn’t want to babysit anymore,” Moronez allegedly told the firefighter.

A medical examiner again concluded that the infant died from SIDS, but Moronez admitted last week to suffocating the girl in the same manner she killed the boy a year before. She also pinched the girl’s nose and mouth, according to the criminal complaint.

“I can’t take kids that constantly cry,” Moronez told police last week.

Moronez, who faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted, made her initial court appearance Friday and remains in custody without bond. She had yet to enter a plea, according to court records.

Moronez also told investigators that she made a promise to God to not harm her daughter if she cried.

The murderous mom also said that she didn’t use a blanket to kill her son because she wanted him “to go sooner,” according to a criminal complaint.

“She further stated that she knew she did wrong, that she is sorry,” according to the criminal complaint.

Moronez’s attorney, meanwhile, questioned why there wasn’t any kind of criminal investigation involving the woman earlier.

“I’m looking forward to investigating the matter further, and checking into numerous issues, including why it took law enforcement 38 years to point a finger at my client,” attorney Matthew Mayer told The Washington Post. “It shouldn’t take 38 years for the cops to solve three alleged homicides.”

With Post wires

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