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Oakland Mother Killed 2-Year Old Daughter Because She Was Crying

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Tiffany Lopez (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

Tiffany Lopez (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — An Oakland mother has pleaded guilty to smothering her 2-year-old daughter because she was crying.

Tiffany Lopez had told police that she accidentally sat on Kamilah Russell during a game of hide-and-seek in their apartment in March 2010.

The 21-year-old woman said the toddler was hiding between couch cushions when she sat down and accidentally suffocated her.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Lopez late told investigators that she had become frustrated with the girl’s crying so she used her hand to smother her.

She pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say she’s expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison when she’s sentenced in January.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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