Connecticut mom pleads guilty in death of disabled teen son

Katiria Vanessa Tirado (Photo: Hartford Police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her disabled 17-year-old son, who weighed just 84 pounds when he died last year.

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Katiria Tirado pleaded guilty Tuesday under the Alford doctrine, meaning while she doesn’t agree with state’s case she acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

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The 34-year-old Hartford woman faces 11 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for June 5.

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Tirado called 911 in February 2017 because her son, Matthew, who was autistic and non-verbal, had been vomiting and had abdominal pain. He was taken to the hospital where he died hours later. Authorities say he was 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighed 84 pounds and was suffering from severe malnourishment and dehydration. He also had several injuries.

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