EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Neighbors and strangers continue to place flowers, teddy bears, and balloons at the East Haven home of two children found deceased on Tuesday.
Eight-year-old Daaron Moore and six-year-old Aleisha Moore were discovered along with their mother in the Strong Street home, which smelled of gas. Their mother was injured, but alive. Police are not releasing her name and have not arrested her or charged her with a crime, but News 8 has uncovered her criminal past.
Court documents show she was charged with risk of injury to a minor in 2002, 2003, and 2006, when she was convicted of those charges. In the 2006 case, her daughter is indicated as the victim, telling police “Mommy had beat her with they happy stick yesterday. The victim did not clean up orange juice she had spilled and was screaming.” She says that stick had a sponge on the end of it and she says her mother “…had drawn a smiley face on one side and a sad face on the other side of the sponge.”
Court papers describe “…multiple healing linear bruises on the victim’s arms, hands, legs, feet, and buttocks. Male #2 was found to have similar linear bruises on the small of his back.”
Those three children from the 2006 case do not appear to have been with this mother, who could face new charges in the death of her two children in East Haven. She remains in the hospital under police guard.
Families with children have been stopping by her Strong Street house to leave flowers. Parents are trying to explain the tragedy to their kids.
“It is better for them to hear it from me than from kids at school,” said Jen DiVito. “I can kind of explain and answer any questions, kind of comfort them, tell them I love them and that we are sad that this happened.”
Neighbors plan to hold a vigil for the six-year-old and eight-year-old in front of their Strong Street house at 8:15 p.m. Friday.