BOSTON — A
woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to
slashing the throat of her roommate's
9-month-old baby and leaving him
to bleed to death in retaliation
for being asked to move out.
Natalie Rodriguez, 23, of Chelsea,
had faced first-degree murder charges
but pleaded guilty to second-degree
murder and kidnapping in the December
2002 death of
Xavier Antonio Miranda.
Under the plea
deal, she could be released from
prison in 29 years.
Rodriguez had known
Xavier's mother, Giselle Colon,
since childhood. After Rodriguez
lost her job at a
Social Security office, she
moved in with Colon, authorities
said. But family members said the
arrangement didn't work out: Rodriguez
frequently drank, often became belligerent,
and did not pay rent.
family asked her to leave, and the
deadline for doing so was the day
she killed the baby, prosecutors
in the plea deal to taking the baby
from his crib, slashing his throat
and then leaving him by a trash
can near a neighbor's driveway.