Hartford police make arrest after 13-month-old child dies - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hartford police make arrest after 13-month-old child dies

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 13-month-old girl was taken to St. Francis Hospital Thursday afternoon where she died a short time later.

Hartford Police have arrested the boyfriend of baby's mother David Brown-Barrett, 19, and have charged him with assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Brown-Barrett drove the baby to the hospital in cardiac arrest and now police are working to figure out what happened before they arrived at the hospital.

Doctors at St. Francis Hospital called police around 12:30 p.m. saying that someone had brought the baby there. She was in cardiac arrest and doctors were attempting CPR. The child died a short time later.

Lt. Brian Foley said "the charges are obviously subject to change depending on the autopsy, done by the chief medical examiner's office."

The name of the child has not been released at this time.

The Hartford police Major Crimes Unit is investigating the incident. Officers have tapped off an area around a home at 164 Middlefield St.

Police are calling the death suspicious  and the area on Middlefield Street is being treated as a crime scene.

It is unclear if the child lived on Middlefield Street.

Neighbors said they are aching for the grieving family, especially those with children around the same age.

"I just don't know what happened," said Andriena Baldwin of Hartford. "(I'm) praying for the family, so it doesn't happen again."

Brown-Barrett will appear before a judge on Friday to be arraigned, he is currently being held on $300,000 bond.

Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.

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