What to Know
- Police say the child's death is considered suspicious. She had trouble breathing at a day care and died at a hospital
- A medical examiner determined the 2-month-old girl died of blunt for trauma to the skull and ruled her death a homicide
- The owners of the day care, which is run out of a multifamily home, have been cooperating with police
Connecticut police investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl who had trouble breathing at a day care say she was killed from trauma to the head.
Police say Stamford EMS responded to Little Bears Beginnings Daycare on the east side of the city shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The baby girl, Bella Redondo, of New Canaan, was transported to Stamford Hospital, where she died.
The medical examiner determined Wednesday the girl died of blunt force trauma to the skull and ruled her death a homicide. The head trauma sparked the cardiac problems that slowed her breathing. Police said the girl showed no signs of head trauma when she was dropped off at the day care, which leads them to believe it happened at the day care.
"Some person caused this injury that happened to the baby," Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said at a news conference Wednesday.
It's not clear if the death was accidental. Police have narrowed down three persons of interest at the day care, which is run out of a multifamily home on Wardwell Street. Police say the owners of the day care center are cooperating. No arrest has yet been made.
Stamford police said it marks the first homicide of the year in the city. The girl's parents are "inconsolable," Lt. Diedrich Hohn said.
The day care was closed when NBC 4 New York reached out, and no one was available for comment. But neighbor Eric Hernandez said he knows the people who run the day care and say they're "very good people."
"I can't believe that. It's impossible," said Hernandez, who lives below the day care center in the multifamily home.
Neighbors weren't only stunned by the baby's death — many didn't even know a day care was operating on their street.
Evelyn Hunter has lived nearby for 30 years.
"Every day care has a sign that says it's a day care," Hunter said.