A woman has finally admitted to drowning her 18-day-old son in 1980 and two infants she babysat years later.
Nancy Moronez, 61, pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide by reckless conduct on the first day of her trial in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin courtroom on Monday.
Moronez said she drowned her 18-day-old son, Justin Brunka, in 1980, then used a blanket to suffocate the other two babies: six-month-old Brad Steege in 1984 and three-month-old Katie Kozeniecki the following year.
Nancy Moronez, 61, pleaded guilty to three counts of homicide in her first day on trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Picture : WITI-TV)At the time of the deaths, authorities announced that all three children had died of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, and their cases were not pursued further.
In 2015, Moronez’s daughter, Ami Brunka, told police that her mother had confessed to killing her son. Police then reopened the case and determined that Moronez did kill her child.
Stinky couple who smelt like vomit, BO and feet break into family’s house to shower‘I grabbed a hold of her and started shaking her and said, “What did you do?” Brunka Said.
‘She didn’t care. There was no emotion there. That is what made me so angry that day.’
Last year, Brunka said that her mother should have been charged decades ago.
Moronez was convicted of killing her 18-day-old son, as well as a six-month-old boy and three-year-old girl she babysat in the 1980s (Picture : Fox 6)‘I don’t understand why they couldn’t figure that out. One, two, three, I mean, come one…I’m not a rocket scientist, but wow,’ she said.
The police officer who reopened the case, Kevin Magno, said the several factors contributed to the deaths being mischaracterized as SIDS deaths.
Horrific video shows boy ‘break his back’ after falling through school gym ceilingHe said Justin Brunka was killed in Franklin, Wisconsin, which is just outside of Milwaukee. Paper records kept back then were not shared between departments as often and it would have been difficult to link the two cases.
Magno also said that, unlike adults, drowning infants do not always suck water into their lungs. He also explained that SIDS was often used as a default cause of death if a baby showed no signs of trauma.
‘Three babies spread out over several years. Two different entities doing autopsies. Two different jurisdictions and communication wasn’t as fast as it was now,’ he said.
Moronez is scheduled to reappear in court for sentencing on May 3 and will likely die in prison.