Grandmother granted custody of brother of girl found dead in dumpster

MIAMI (WSVN) - A woman accused of killing her daughter and leaving the body in a dumpster made another court appearance where she faced the father of her children.

Tina Farrington and Miami Beach Police officer Leon Paige both made an appearance in court, Tuesday afternoon. The father in mourning could be seen leaving the building escorted by his fellow colleagues while Farrington could be seen in court wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Police said Farrignton confessed to suffocating the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Tania Paige, on Halloween and leaving her body in the trunk of her car before placing her in a dumpster at the Tuscany Place Apartments in Southwest Miami-Dade.

The family was in the middle of a domestic violence dispute before the body of Tania was found Sunday. The hearing was briefly interrupted by their son’s cries.

In Tuesday’s hearing, a judge ruled that the couple’s son will stay with his grandmother while the case is pending.

Farrington’s mother could be seen leaving the courthouse with the couple’s son. While the grandmother has custody of the child, the judge did grant supervised visitation for Paige.

7News was able to speak with Farrington’s lawyer outside of the courthouse. However, he offered no comment.

“I’ve got nothing to say at this point,” said Defense Attorney Steven Yermish. “I can’t make any comment. I have just started my investigation in defense of this case.”

Farrington was charged with first-degree murder after a neighbor discovered her daughter’s body while taking out the garbage Sunday afternoon.

“Never in my right mind did I think my trash went on top of a 4-year-old,” said neighbor Dahriana Correa.

“That is very sad, actually. It’s real sad,” said neighbor Nurul Huda.

The family is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 4.

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