Special to the Grove Sun
MIAMI — An Ottawa County woman found insane in the drowning death of her infant son will be released from a mental hospital to attend the funeral of her teenage son who died after he was electrocuted.
Ottawa County District Judge Robert Haney signed an order on Wednesday allowing Tony Elizabeth Torres, 36, to attend funeral activities associated with the death of her 17-year-old son Brandon Wayne McKibben.
McKibben died Monday at a private residence, said Quapaw Police Chief Gary Graham. He had been under a house working on plumbing when he was electrocuted, he said.
McKibben was a senior at Quapaw High School. He was a member of the school’s football team.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Quapaw High School gymnasium. Honorary Pallbearers will be Quapaw High School football team.
Torres will be accompanied at all times by an Oklahoma Forensic Center staff worker, the court order states.
She was unable to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the Aug. 21, 2003 drowning death of her 17-month-old son, Alex, after Haney declared her insane.
Torres, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, confessed to authorities when he was arrested, “God told me to do it.”
Alex’s body was found submerged in about 20 feet of water in Spring River, about four miles north of Twin Bridges State Park in northern Ottawa County. Tony was found on a riverbank and Brandon, who was 10-years-old at the time, was found sitting on an opposite side of the river screaming for help.
According to Torres’ statement at the time of her arrest, the toddler was clinging to her as she waded across the river. She tired and pushed the child away to save herself, making no effort to save him from drowning, according to statements she gave to investigators.
At the time of her arrest, Torres held a master’s degree in psychology, according to court records, and at one point worked as a counselor for troubled youths.
In a county intake sheet, filled out Aug. 23, 2003, Tony Torres wrote: “God shed his blood for me. All they do is ask me, and I will tell them the truth, even if it sounds crazy. I won’t let people corrupt my spirit with the law. Amen.”
Under the space for a defendant’s name, she wrote: “God.” Under legal guardian, she wrote: “God.”