Bridgeport Man Arraigned on Manslaughter Charges In November 2019 Death of Baby in New Haven
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(New Haven, CT) - Patrick J. Griffin, New Haven State’s Attorney, announced that Angel Rodriguez, age 35, of Central Avenue, Bridgeport, was arrested by warrant and arraigned in New Haven Superior Court, G.A. No. 23, today by the Honorable Brian T. Fischer.
Rodriguez is charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree and Risk of Injury related to the death of a four-month-old baby in the City of New Haven, on or about November 8, 2019. Bond was set in the amount of $500,000. The case has been transferred to Part A in New Haven, with the next court date scheduled for January 19, 2021.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, in the afternoon of November 8, 2019, New Haven Police Department, New Haven Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR) personnel responded to a 911 report of an unresponsive four-month-old baby. First responders treated and transported the baby to the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital where she was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit on a ventilator, still unresponsive, and in critical condition. Two days later, on November 10, 2019, the child died in the hospital. A subsequent autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the baby’s manner of death to be a homicide, with the cause of death due to blunt impact injury of the head and neck.
Investigators learned from the child’s mother that she fed the baby that morning before leaving the child in the care of Rodriguez when she went to work. Rodriguez told investigators that the baby was moving, laughing, and behaving normally in the morning, but he telephoned 911 in the afternoon after he discovered the child on her belly, face down on a bed, blue and cold to the touch. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Rodriguez was the only person in the home at the time of the incident. Rodriguez has denied injuring the baby while she was in his care.
State’s Attorney Griffin is grateful to the New Haven Police Department for their continued commitment to this case, including recent follow-up interviews, which culminated in the warrant application.
At this time, the charges against Rodriguez are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.