“He murdered my son, for a life insurance policy.”
Bereaved mother, Tiffany Paris, was certain that her ex-partner was guilty of their infant’s murder, despite the final verdict taking 15 years to be determined.
Only this week Moussa Sissko was found guilty of the child-abuse killing of his three-month-old son, Shane, in 2001 when he was 22.
Giving testimony at his retrial Paris was asked to identify a photograph. Asked who was in it, she replied: “My son… and the man who murdered my son.”
Sissoko was Paris’ “first real boyfriend”. They started their relationship in 1999 whilst Paris was still in high school in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the United States.
By Autumn of 2000, Paris had fallen pregnant.
A short time later, Sissoko moved to college in Florida.
He told Paris “I don’t want you to have it anymore”, asking her to terminate the pregnancy.
Despite requesting Paris have an abortion, Sissoko returned to Maryland for Shane’s birth on June 29, 2001.
On September 15, 2001 Sissoko was caring for Shane while Paris was at work. At 2:03pm he called 911 claiming that Shane was unresponsive and bleeding.
Paramedics took Shane to the local hospital. But despite being on a ventilator for ten days, he never regained consciousness.
“Why would you put a $998,000 policy on a newborn infant?”
In 2001, Sissoko took on a job and moved in with Paris after the birth of Shane.
But at the same time, Sissoko began pursuing a $US750,000 ($998,000) life insurance policy for Shane, naming himself as sole beneficiary.
A representative of the insurance company told Sissoko that baby Shane would have to have a medical evaluation.
So Sissoko told Paris that a doctor would visit their home in relation to a health insurance matter. When she questioned him about it, Sissoko told her he would cancel the appointment.
Instead documents shown to the court show that Sissoko arranged for the evaluation to be done whilst Paris was at work.
Suspicious of Sissoko’s behaviour, Paris also learned of messages left at their home from the insurer.