Babysitter charged with baby’s death

Kinjal Patel, 27, of 563 Middletown Ave., New Haven, is charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a child.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A babysitter in New Haven is accused of beating to death a child in her care. Monday, the woman faced a judge in court.

In the court affidavit, 27-year-old Kinjal Patel admits her anger began when the child was spitting out rice and water. It goes on to say she forced him to the floor causing him to strike his head.

In court, she stood expressionless.

With a Hindi translator by her side, 27-year-old Kinjal Patel faced a judge accused of manslaughter and risk of injury.

She tells police she’s been babysitting a 19-month-old boy  in her New Haven home several times a week.

But on January 16th, the unthinkable. New Haven police were sent to the hospital after medical staff reported the boy’s skull was severely fractured. He was taken there by his father.

“We rushed to the home, secured it as the possible scene of a crime and over the course of several days, developed a suspect in the babysitter,” said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police.

In the court affidavit, Patel admits she became angry with the boy. She was feeding him rice and water and he was spitting it out. She says she was forcing him to the floor causing him to strike his head.

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He was crying hysterically and shaking, and when she picked him up, his head went backwards.

All of this wasn’t admitted until she told police on January 24th she had been lying to them, saying the child fell bbackwards. That’s when she called the child’s father, telling him his child was injured.

“This is her first time involved with the court system. I don’t think she understood the seriousness of the situation she was facing at time,” said Hartman.

News 8 went to the home to try and talk to the downstairs neighbor, who tells police she heard a banging noise so loud that night, that she thought the ceiling was coming down.

It goes on to say she heard “approximately four to five bangs on her ceiling then she heard a baby crying.”

She also heard the babysitter yelling in another language. Shortly after, the boy’s parents arrived.

“I can’t say that the investigation is closed, we’ve certainly closed this portiion with this suspect, but anything is possible,” said Hartman.

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