No Parole for Marybeth Tinning

No parole for Marybeth Tinning.  

The woman at the center of one of Schenectady's most well-known murder cases has been denied parole for a 6th time.  

Tinning, now 74, was convicted in the 1985 death of her 4-month-old daughter.  All nine of her children died young between 1972 and 1985, eight under suspicious circumstances.  While she was indicted in three killings, she was only prosecuted in the death of the infant, Tami Lynne.  She has denied any role in the deaths of the other children.

While denying parole, the board did direct Tinning to return in 18 months, rather than the standard two years.  Board members did mention her sense of remorse, but also said she continued to lack any insight into her actions.

Her case gained national attention, and brought light to the disorder known as Munchausen syndrome by which a caregiver hurts someone else to gain sympathy or attention.

photo:  Schenectady PD

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