Friday, 24 June 2011

SBS: Connecticutt: 5 month old Kyle Robinson's death ruled homicide

ANSONIA -- Police confirmed that Wednesday, when they reported a 5-month-old boy died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head.
The baby, Kyle Robinson, died Sunday.
The infant was in the care of his mother's boyfriend at the time of the incident, according to Lt. Andrew Cota, police spokesman.
Cota said the boyfriend is the focus of the investigation, since he was the only adult there at the time. Cota said two other children -- 2 and 5 -- were also at home and in the boyfriend's care, but neither was injured.
No arrests have been made.
Cota said an autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Tuesday, and the baby's death was ruled a homicide.
He said police responded Friday night to the home, along with medical personnel, for a report of a child in distress who was unresponsive. Cota said there was no indication at that time that anything criminal had taken place. "There was no outside indication of any trauma, no blood," he said.
A man who lives in the downstairs apartment tried giving the baby CPR before emergency personnel arrived on the scene, but the baby wasn't breathing, Henderson said.
Cota said police and emergency medical personnel also tried CPR before transporting the baby to Griffin Hospital in Derby for immediate treatment. The baby was later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was put on life support, Cota said.
"We got reports from the hospital over the weekend about the boy's condition, and we realized the severe injury was not accidentally inflicted," he said. "Right now, we are considering it a case of shaken baby syndrome and are still trying to figure out exactly what happened."
Joette Katz, DCF commissioner, confirmed the department first became involved with the family in April because of an incident at the house that resulted in an injury. "A comprehensive medical evaluation determined that the reported incident was accidental," Katz said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "A second report came to the department in May, and the department substantiated neglect against the mother's boyfriend for lack of supervision based upon his having left the children unattended for a very brief period of time."
She said a plan was put in place with the mother that included having a relative assist in caring for the children with the boyfriend, and in-home services were being arranged for the family. During the most recent visit with the family days before the child's death, the department found the children well attended and cared for, she said.
Katz said further investigation by the department will be conducted, which will include a review of its involvement with the family.
"This is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of this young boy," she said. "The death of a child deeply affects everyone at the department and most of all those who were recently working to help the family," she added. "It is now our responsibility to look at the case and see what can be learned to make a senseless death like this less likely to recur."

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