Woman charged in 1980s deaths of toddlers including son

Posted at 7:48 AM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 07:48:55-05

MILWAUKEE, WI (WDJT/CNN) - A Wisconsin woman is being held in the Milwaukee county jail after authorities said she admitted to killing three young children, including her own infant son, more than 30 years ago.

Nancy Moronez, 60, is charged in the death of three children.

Her 18-day-old son died in Franklin in 1980.

In 1984, a six-month-old died in her Milwaukee home.

One year later, an 11-week-old died at the same house.

Moronez was babysitting the last two children, all of their deaths were ruled then as sudden infant death syndrome.

"When I was suspicious about something, being the officer in charge, I had to go through with my whole investigation," said John Kuster, a retired Milwaukee firefighter who responded to the scene of the deaths.

He reported Moronez said she didn't want to babysit the child, and referred to the infant as "it."

"You can imagine what state of mind they're in when they have a baby die in front of them, and when you refer to them as it," Kuster said.

His original report was unearthed after Moronez told her daughter she had killed her son.

The daughter reported that information to police, and the investigation was opened.

When investigators interviewed Moronez this week, she admitted to suffocating the children she babysat, and says she drowned her son.

She reportedly told police she "can't take kids that constantly cry." 

Moronez faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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