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A Baby of My Own . . .

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Tiffany Hall bludgeoned her best friend by repeatedly hitting her over the head with the leg from a table. She then bounded Jimella Tunstall with tape.

Tiffany dragged Jimella into the bathroom. Placed her in the bathtub—then sliced Ms. Tunstall’s abdomen open and removed the seven months old fetus from her womb.

After Ms. Tunstall bled to death, Tiffany wrapped the body in the shower curtain and dumped the corpse in a weeded East St. Louis lot.

As if that wasn’t hideous enough . . . three days later, she tricked Ms. Tunstall’s boyfriend Ivan Collins as he cared for the other three children.

Tiffany lied to Mr. Collins saying that Ms. Tunstall had wanted her to pick up the kids and retrieve her car.

In the same bathtub that she killed their mother—Tiffany drowned DeMond Tunstall, 7, Ivan Tunstall-Collins, 2, and Jinella Tunstall, 10 months old.

The bodies of the three children were found two days later stuffed inside a washer and dryer in the East St. Louis apartment complex where they had lived with their mother.

As Tiffany Hall was led out of the courtroom after pleading guilty to killing her pregnant friend, the victim’s unborn child and remaining three children——she appeared lost.

Dressed in a yellow prison jumpsuit, Hall showed no emotions earlier as she answered Judge Milton Wharton’s questions. In a voice barely above a whisper, she uttered guilty five times.

The mild and timid image Hall portrayed in the courtroom contrasted against the woman who admitted to butchering her best friend, killing the victim’s unborn child, drugging Ms. Tunstall’s remaining three children with cough syrup, before drowning them one by one under the pretense of taking a bath.

All this——Halls says she did, so she could claim a baby as her own.

Tiffany Hall, 26, will spend the rest of her life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors had charged Hall with capital murder, but after conferring with the Tunstall family, withdrew the death penalty . . .

“We’ll always know what happened,” said LaDonna Tunstall, a relative. “The death penalty won’t make it any better.”

But do we?

There are so many questions left unanswered:

What was going through Tiffany Hall’s mind as she committed this atrocious act?

Was she mentally fit to stand trial with an IQ below normal?

What were her reasons for killing Jimella’s remaining three children?

Did Tiffany’s desire to have a child really lead her to commit such a diabolical act?

Was justice served in this case . . . especially when a plea bargain deal resulted in Hall being sentenced to a life in prison rather than receiving the death penalty?

The answers to these questions and——the world will never know.

Perhaps, Sandra Myers (Jimella Tunstall’s mother), summed it up best . . .

I believe in putting justice in God’shands.”

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author

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