COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - A Commerce City mother has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for strangling her 7-month-old son and dumping his body in a trash bin last year, authorities said.
An Adams County judge also ordered Sharrieckia Page, 23, to serve five years on parole after her release from prison.
Page pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the death of her baby boy, Torrey Brown Jr. She originally faced charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, but those counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Page was arrested soon after she called Commerce City police on March 29, 2012, to report her baby was missing from their home at the Pinecrest Apartments, 5661 Olive St.
During a search of the apartment complex, officers were seen removing at least two bags from a trash bin.
The search soon moved to the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site, where the baby's remains were found on May 31, 2012, after more than 500 volunteers spend nearly two months combing through trash.
Police said the young mother of three made strange and disturbing comments.
"The defendant has recently made statements that if she were to kill one child, she would've killed them all because they are 'bad,'" an arrest affidavit said.
During the sentencing hearing, Chief Deputy District Attorney Caryn Datz told the court that Page had repeatedly made threats to kill her infant son, warning that she would choke him and he would end up in a "casket." Page told investigators she put her son face down in his bassinet to muffle his cries, piling blankets and laundry on top of him.
Searchers at the landfill found the baby stuffed in a book bag with two plastic bags tied around his neck, authorities said.
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young thanked the Commerce Police Department and others for the extraordinary effort put into the search for the baby’s body.
"This is a very sad case," Young said. "Justice is served. This sentence brings peace and dignity to the life and death of Torrey Brown. His was a life that touched all of us who came in contact with the investigation and prosecution of this case."
After her arrest, Page's two older children were taken into the custody of child protective services.