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Grandmother Convicted of Drowning Grandson May be Covering for her Daughter

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How far would you go to protect your child?

Let me start off this Wednesday’s article by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and the entire city of Boston. It was amazing to see how so many people stepped up to help in the wake of this horrific tragedy.

Today, I will be sharing a story about a woman who may be going to prison for protecting her daughter. Terry Borgia of Clinton Township was convicted of drowning her grandson.

The Free Press recounts Borgia story like this,

Terry Borgia told police that she put the pajama-clad, sleeping boy in her bathtub full of water and left him unattended, but she didn’t say she drowned him.

The grandson, DeAngelo Tobia, was 4 years old. His mother was also in the apartment during the drowning. The Free Press also reports that Borgia told 6 different stories to the authorities and did implicate herself.

The trial where Borgia was convicted was the fourth trial. The 3 trials before that where dismiss as mistrials and 1 of those trials actually ended in a deadlock jury.

The defense has requested another trial due to the belief that Borgia was covering up for her daughter, Tonina Borgia. Currently, there is no evidence to charge Tonina Borgia with the death of her son.

Even with 4 trials there are still so many unanswered questions. For example, if Terry Borgia is covering for her daughter, why didn’t she plead guilty? Did she ever actually confess to the crime? Before someone can be sentenced to life in prison, every stone should be turned.

Do you think it is possible that this grandmother is covering for her daughter?

This article was published on: April 17, 2013 and was last modified April 22, 2013