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Cradle of Death
"I SUFFOCATED HER."
Back alone at N. American Street with Constance, Marie decided to celebrate her baby's one-month anniversary by training her to sit up in a chair. Placing the tiny baby on a chair in the parlor, she arranged one pillow behind her and set another chair in front to support her so she wouldn't topple over. Suddenly Constance began to cry and Marie lost control.
"I don't know why," she would later confess, "but then I took a pillow and laid her down on the chair and I suffocated her."
Then in a dream-like state Marie carefully carried Constance to her crib and closed her eyes as if she was asleep. Then she left the room and went upstairs to the bathroom to compose herself. There she remained until she heard her husband come through the front door.
Copyright © 2000 by John Glatt.