The owner of a Stamford day care facility has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the untimely death of a two-month-old baby girl belonging to a New Canaan couple.
Nydia Carrillo-Maldonado, 34, the owner of Little Bears Beginnings Daycare, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree risk of injury to a minor in the death of the baby.
The baby reportedly stopped breathing while at Little Bears Daycare on July 12 and died later at Stamford Hospital.
“Officers believed that [the baby] may have passed away under suspicious circumstances and an investigation was undertaken,” Captain Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police Department said in a statement. “EMS immediately transported the infant to Stamford [Hospital] when the baby stopped breathing and resuscitation efforts were put forth. At the [hospital] doctors valiantly tried to save [the baby] but to no avail. At approximately 1820 hours [the baby] was pronounced deceased and the police were notified.”
An autopsy was performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, which labeled the death “a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head,” police said in the statement.
Police said their investigation was “concentrated on the proprietor of Little Bears Daycare.”
“This case was a difficult one for the family, the community, and for investigators,” Conklin said. “Many parents put the trust of their children in the hands of daycare workers every day and this is every parent’s nightmare. This case was the departments’ top priority for the last several weeks. Investigators worked tirelessly to bring the person responsible for the death of a defenseless two month old infant to justice and to assist in restoring the sanctity to the daycare profession.”
Conklin said the investigation is “ongoing.”
The court set Carrillo-Maldonado’s bond at $200,000. She has a court date of Aug. 22.