KUSA - The 23-year-old mother who killed her 7-month-old son, was described as a depressed drug user, who self-medicated with drugs and alcohol while raising three children during her sentencing on Friday. Sharrieckia Page suffocated Tory Brown and disposed of his body in two grocery bags, a backpack and a garbage bag in March 2012.
On Friday, Judge John Popovich sentenced Page to 42 years in prison plus five years of mandatory parole, after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March. She's been ordered to pay $6,849 in restitution.
Page wept and asked the family of her son for forgiveness.
"I most likely guess you don't want to hear from me," Page told the judge, addressing her son's paternal grandmother. "But I ask you to forgive me."
"I apologize for what I've done, I know it wasn't right," Page said. "I apologize to the Brown family and my mom. I hope everyone can forgive me."
Commerce City Police and other investigators spent weeks combing through a landfill before finding Tory's body.
Page's defense told the court her family was "in crisis" at the time of Tory's birth. She lived in poverty, defense said, and was about to be evicted.
Page started using drugs at the age 10 and alcohol at 16. The defense told the judge Page tried to kill herself five times and has two other children, a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old. The prosecutor asked for 40 years in the department of corrections.
"[She] showed [Tory] no mercy, no forgiveness and took no accountability of her actions," the prosecutor said.
"[Sharrieckia] was never able to bond with this child," Carla Williams, Page's mother, said while addressing the court. "I didn't want it to be like this. I never expected this would ever happen. I know we can't change things, but I loved Tory too. In some ways, I feel like I failed both of them too."
In open court, Page's defense said she sought help from Aurora Mental Health for post-partum depression. Social Services were also involved in her case.
The Commerce City Police Department investigated a missing-person incident involving Page's son on March 29, 2012.
Sources confirmed to 9NEWS the baby was thrown in a Dumpster.
"Over a 53-day period, 500 people from 26 agencies and community organizations across the state and nation participated in the search," Commerce City Police said.
LaShannon Younger of Peoria, Ill., Page's cousin, said she was worried about the baby after Tory talked with Page on the phone.
Younger says Page told her she was having a hard time raising the child. She says her cousin kept saying that she gave the baby away and that he was never coming back.
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