, July 27, 2011 ,
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. Jeanne Milstein, child advocate and chairwoman of the review panel, said they have launched a preliminary investigation.
"After today we (CFRP) have serious concerns about this case," Milstein said during a phone interview.
The next step the panel will take is reviewing every document that may pertain and help the development of the investigation for the case. The state of Connecticut has established CFRP to review unexplained or unexpected circumstances of the death of any child under the age of 18 who has received services from a state department or agency addressing child welfare, social or human services or juvenile justice. Although the review panel is a separate entity, its day-to-day operations are coordinated through the Office of the Child Advocate.
CFRP reviewed Robinson's death because of the family's prior involvement with the Department of Children and Families, according to Milstein.
The infant, was in the care of his mother's boyfriend at the time of the incident, according to Lt. Andrew Cota, police spokesman. No arrests have been made, but Cota said the boyfriend is the focus of the investigation since he was the only adult there at the time.
The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, has retained an attorney.
Police responded to the second-floor apartment on Hubbell Avenue June 10, 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.
Police got reports from the hospital over that weekend about the baby's condition and they realized "the severe injury was not accidentally inflicted," Cota said, and police are considering the death "a case of shaken baby syndrome."
He said two siblings, ages 2 and 5, were also at home and in the boyfriend's care, but neither was injured
"This will be a very thorough and exhausting investigation," she said.