Arrest Made In Death Of 19-Month-Old

A 27-year-old was babysitting a 19-month-old boy when she lost her temper and lashed out at him. The boy ended up dying at the hospital. She ended up in handcuffs.

That’s according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman. Here’s what he said happened:

On Jan. 16 at 9:26 p.m., police responded to a risk-of-injury complaint at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s pediatric emergency department. A 19-month-old had been brought in with a severely fractured skull.

Doctors told cops that the child might not survive. “As the child was rushed to surgery, Police rushed to the family’s home,” Hartman said. Cops secured the home as a possible crime scene.

Three days later, on Jan. 19, the child died from his injury. The state medical examiner determined the cause of death was homicide caused by blunt force.

On Jan. 22, Detective Sgt. Manmeet Colon and Detective Lucille Roach interviewed the 27-year-old woman who had been babysitting the child on Jan. 16.

“She said she became angry with the child. She admitted forcing him to the floor, causing him to strike his head. She said the child began to cry and convulse. She said she phoned the child’s father, telling him his child was injured. The father returned home and took his son to the hospital,” Hartman said.

Police arrested the woman on charges of manslaughter and risk of injury to a child. She’s being held on a $1 million bond.

In a release, Chief Dean M. Esserman said, “Any homicide is a tragedy. None however is more tragic than that of an innocent young child. His death was senseless and has affected us deeply.” 

Esserman expressed pride and gratitude for the detectives’ work on the case.

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