A 13-month old girl died after her mother’s boyfriend punched the toddler in the stomach because he lost patience with her, police say.
19-year old David Brown-Barrett of Hartford, Conn., is in jail on $1 million bond and faces charges of first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor in the death of Ty’asia Allen.
Outside the courthouse family members of the suspect had to be separated by court officers from relatives of the toddler victim, WTNH-TV reports.
“We’re talking about a baby that can’t defend herself, a child that just learned how to walk and turned one year old two weeks ago, come on now, whose going to defend her,” said Gwen Morgin, a friend of the mother’s family.
Brown-Barrett is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother, although he is not the father of the toddler victim, WTNH reports.
No emergency call was made alerting police about the child’s condition Thursday. Instead the Allen was reportedly driven to the hospital in a flagged-down car, WTNH says, and went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later at the hospital.
“Ask them why they didn’t call 911, ask them why they flagged down a car to take her to the emergency room, she could have got help on the spot,” said Crystal Faust, the baby’s grandmother.
Hartford police say they were told by the medical staff that Allen’s injuries were consistent with trauma, possibly caused by a fist, WTNH says, adding that Brown-Barrett later admitted to them that he punched Allen in the stomach because he lost patience with her.
Here’s a report from WTNH, via YouTube:
Featured image via WTNH.