Baby remains critical after father’s reported assault


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A two-month-old baby remains hospitalized in critical condition two days after her father allegedly tossed her body head first into her crib when she wouldn’t stop crying.

The father, 32-year-old Marcus Rooks, continues to be held on $1 million bond, charged with first-degree assault. He is due back in court May 2.

On Wednesday, News 8 talked to an aunt of the baby, whose name is Adora.

“I’m praying that she just respond, wake up,” said Dannie Sears. “She made it through the surgery. I spoke to her mother this morning, they say her eyes are not dilating properly.”

“It’s devastating,” Sears said.

Police said Rooks was babysitting the infant while her mother was at work. When he realized he may have seriously injured the baby, he didn’t take her to the hospital or call 911 for fear of getting arrested, police said.

The mother was the one to call police when she returned home, police said.

“I don’t know what possessed Marcus to do what he did but I’m also praying for him too because I know in his own way he loved his child,” Sears said.

Adora’s aunt said before the tragedy she thought Marcus was a good father but now it’s up to police and DCF who continue to investigate the accused child abuser.

AJ Walker reporting

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