COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - A 23-year-old mother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday in the death of her 7-month-old son in Commerce City last year, authorities said.
Sharrieckia Page 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 faces 35 to 48 years in prison during sentencing, which is scheduled for May 3, said Sue Lindsey, spokeswoman for the Adams County District Attorney's Office.
Page was arrested soon after she called Commerce City police on March 29, 2012, to report her baby boy, Torrey Brown Jr., 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.
There were early signs that Page was troubled.
Before the baby disappeared, the baby's grandmother, Corinthiah Brown, told The Denver Post about a chilling phone conversation she had with Page
"I can't do this, it's hard for me. You're going to find him in a casket," Page told the grandmother," according to the Post.
After her arrest, Page's older children were taken into the custody of child protective services.