Candlelight vigil held in honor of 4-year-old allegedly slain at the hands of his mother in New London

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A candlelight vigil was held Monday night in honor of a 4-year-old boy who was killed over the weekend. Police said the suspect in custody is the boy’s mother.

Balloons, flowers and teddy bears remain at the memorial under a tree on Nautilus Drive in New London — a tragic reminder of the young life cut short.

Neighbors, family and friends were emotional at the vigil and left with very few answers as to why this could happen to the little boy identified by family and friends as David.

The tragedy unfolded Sunday morning just before 6:30 a.m. when officers responded to a call for a woman damaging a car with a bat outside of an apartment complex on Nautilus Drive.

Police said when they approached the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Tiffany Farrauto, she indicated that she had harmed her son.

Officers acted quickly and made their way to her apartment where they located the lifeless boy. Officers performed CPR and the child was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. News 8 has learned that the boy was strangled to death.

Family and friends were heartbroken over what they said was avoidable.

Jennifer Ostby, a family friend known as Auntie Jennifer to little David said of the boy, “That smile, we’ll never ever forget that smile.”

She said of David’s mother, “I think Tiffany can be a very emotional person and sometimes that can be a good thing, but I think maybe sometimes emotions get the best of you.”

Ostby believes that’s what happened Sunday.

Billy Smith, a neighbor said, “Four years old…. innocence.”

And with very few answers as to why, family and friends only have each other to hold onto as they cope with the unthinkable loss.

“Honestly, I don’t think there’s a single person who can wrap our heads around this,” Ostby said. “What happens in your life to cause you to do this to your own child, let alone a child? I think we all wish that we could’ve seen something more. I know her mother feels guilt and wishes she would have picked up David for the night like she usually did…You never think this will happen ever.”

Farrauto faces a number of charges, including murder and risk of injury to a minor. She is being held on $2 million bond and has been placed on suicide watch.

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