NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s a new twist in the death of a baby boy who police say was killed by his babysitter. The boy’s parents are now facing charges in the case.
State officials say this was not the first time the baby was hurt while in the babysitter’s care.
“There are serious allegations here.”
24-year-old Thenmozhi Rajendran stared blankly in the courtroom. Her husband, mechanical engineer 33-year-old Sivakumar Mani looked down when it was his turn to face the judge.
Their 19-month-old son Athiyan Sivakumar died less than two weeks ago.
“I think anyone who loses a child, in my view, they’ve been punished enough and to go through this process is overkill, but it’s the process,” said Charles Tiernan, attorney for the parents.
Both are charged with risk of injury and interfering with police.
Police say the two signed an agreement with the Department of Child and Family Services, which stated they would not hire 27-year-old Kinjal Patel after the baby was hurt in her care.
A month later, the babysitter admitted to forcing the baby to the floor causing him to hit his head and break his skull.
He died at the hospital.
“It’s a horrible tragedy and I think the parents are just looking for an opportunity to mourn the loss of their son,” Tiernan said. “They really haven’t had an opportunity to do that.”
Court documents say the parents lied to police about how the baby was hurt and avoided calling 911.
Read the full arrest warrants for each below:
Their attorney says they moved here from India and are now planning the funeral for their only child.
“The child’s liver, heart, and two kidneys were donated to four children. So if you could ever say something good comes of this, this is about it,” Tiernan said.
The judge gave them each a $25,000 bond each. They’re also holding their passports.
Their next court date is in February.