CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman charged with killing her adult daughter and dumping her body in a field raised three girls alone after her husband died and cared for her daughter very much, a relative said Wednesday.
Janet Tyburski, 45, was arrested Tuesday at her home in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood and charged with murder in the March death of 26-year-old Rachele Tyburski. Rachele Tyburski's body was found face-down March 15.
North Ridgeville police said Wednesday that an investigation showed Janet Tyburski killed her daughter early March 13. Police believe she killed Rachele on her own but say she might have had help in disposing the body.
The Lorain County coroner said at a news conference Wednesday that Rachele Tyburski had been suffocated and contusions were found on her head and chest.
Janet Tyburski was ordered held without bond during an initial court appearance Wednesday. She has not yet been assigned an attorney.
Janet Tyburski's mother-in-law and Rachele's grandmother said in a telephone interview that she is trying to sort out what had happened.
"It's hard to even understand it," Danusia Tyburski said. "I know how much she (Janet) cared for her daughter. She was always there for her."
Janet Tyburski, her mother-in-law said, did a good job raising three daughters by herself after her husband, Darrell, died in a car crash in August 1999. Rachele, the oldest child, was 8 at the time and had a difficult time coping with her father's death, her grandmother said.
Rachele was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her grandmother said, and took medication for it. Danusia Tyburski said Janet served as the primary caregiver for Rachele's 4-year-old son, and the three lived together. She said Rachele was a sensitive person who would have outbursts when her mood turned dark.
"She had anger for no reason at all sometimes," Danusia Tyburski said.
Lakewood police say Rachelle Tyburski called 911 last September during an argument with her mother, but no one was cited and no report was filed.