A West Haven man was arraigned Friday afternoon after he was arrested for breaking his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter's leg.
Police said Monserrate Pérez-Soto, 52, and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. As he was preparing to storm out of the home, he went over to the 3-year-old girl, who was playing, and jumped onto her leg.
Prosecutors in court Friday afternoon said the break was clean through and it was done with great force.
The child was taken to an area hospital with a severe leg injury where the mother told doctors that she suffered the injury during a fall.
However, the injury was inconsistent with a fall, doctors told police.
"There may be injuries, old injuries indicative of child abuse," said assistant state's attorney Peter Fearon.
On Friday, the 3-year-old had a cast placed on her leg and the girlfriend had bruises to her arm caused by Perez-Soto, police said.
Pérez-Soto turned himself on Thursday night and was charged with two counts of risk of injury, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
The Department of Children and Families has been contacted about the incident. The state wants to make sure the 3-year-old and her older brother are safe.
"I feel bad for the kids. I knew the little boy. He's a good kid, came to my house and played with my son," said Jessica Perez, who is a neighbor of Pérez-Soto's girlfriend.
West Haven and state police are still investigating the incident.
Supporters of Perez-Soto appeared in court Friday, but did not talk with Eyewitness News.
"You don't do that to a child because you're mad," Perez said. "He's a freakin monster."
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