Dad murders infant for $750,000 of life-insurance money

By James Quiggle
January 17, 2017
Sought policy when child born, shook helpless infant to death

imageMoussa Sissoko seemed to care deeply about his infant boy, even giving up college to share parenting in suburban Washington, D.C.

Sissoko cared so much that he bought a $750,000 life-insurance policy on Shane — and murdered him the next day.

Shane was three months old.

“Abusive head trauma … by either shaking and/or causing soft impact trauma to the child,” the official medical ruling read.

The $750,000 of life insurance seemed like an easy score to Sissoko. Shane couldn’t fight back or run. Sissoko killed him cleverly, without leaving bruises or cuts that could easily be traced.

Sissoko met the child’s mother Tiffany Paris while they were in high school. She became pregnant a year later, while Sissoko was in college in Florida. He moved back to Silver Spring, Md. to help parent Shane.

Sissoko found a job and seemed a responsible family man. Yet shopped for the life policy right after Shane was born.

Strange — why buy a large life policy on an infant?

“Abusive head trauma … by either shaking and/or causing soft impact trauma to the child,” the official medical ruling read.
Sissoko also was watching Shane the day he died. Paris was at work when Sissoko suddenly phoned 911 after putting Shane to bed. The baby was unresponsive and bleeding from his nose.

Shane never regained consciousness. He was on a ventilator for 10 days. Hope faded, and the ventilator was removed. Shane soon exhaled his last little breath.

Suspicion quickly shrouded Sissoko.

Bleeding in Shane’s brain and retinas suggested Shaken Baby Syndrome. Blood in his mouth and nose revealed an effort to suffocate him.

Shane also died on Sissoko’s watch.

And buying a large life policy on a newborn made little sense.

The court handed Sissoko 50 years in federal prison. That hardly helps little Shane, who a received life sentence he never asked for.


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