Torrington police investigating untimely baby death

Police investigating the untimely death of a 15-month old baby on West Main Street (WTNH / Tim Clune)

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened to a 15-month-old toddler in Torrington.

Neighbor Nicole Rodriguez says he was happy and giggling before school.

“He was waving to the bus driver and he was just laughing and fine,” Rodriguez said.

That was the last time neighbors saw little 15-month-old Evan Menard alive. His aunt, Erica Shaw, says Nicole went off to kindergarten with her daughter to celebrate the end of the school year. When she came back to the house, she realized something was wrong.

“The first thing she did when she walked home said ‘where’s my kid?’ She was all excited to see Evan and show Evan what his sister made in school, and found out that he passed away drowning. She got on the phone and called 9-1-1.”

Police say there was an adult home at the time the baby died, and everyone involved is cooperating. The 9-1-1 call came in at 10:54 a.m. When paramedics arrived on scene, they attempted to revive the 15-month-old. He was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Shaw says family members are stunned.

“He is my nephew, I feel lost but I also need to keep my head up for Nicole, Nicole can’t handle this, she is a wonderful mom,” Shaw said.

Police did not want to elaborate on who was in the home at the time the toddler died, they would only say it was an adult.

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday to figure out the exact cause of death.