Danbury man accused in child's death appears in court - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Danbury man accused in child's death appears in court

Christopher Williams Christopher Williams

A Danbury man was charged in connection with the death of his 19-month-old son, who he was babysitting on Sunday evening.

Emergency crews were called to a home on Houseman Street just before 6 p.m. from someone who said a child was not breathing. Crews raced to the home and found someone performing CPR on the unidentified child.

That child was rushed to a local hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

During the course of the investigation, police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the boy suffered "extensive, abusive head trauma and other bodily injuries," which were determined to have caused his death.

The death was then ruled a homicide.

A further investigation conducted by police said they believed Christopher Williams, 25, was babysitting at the time of his son's death, and inflicted the violent injuries.

An arrest warrant was applied for and granted on Tuesday, and police arrested Williams.

He was charged with manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor, and was already in police custody on a charge of violating his probation when he was serviced with those arrest warrants.

Williams was arraigned at Danbury Superior Court, where the half of the courtroom was filled with family members of the toddler.

"The whole family is distraught over the whole thing," said Dawn Cerrone, who is a friend of victim.

Williams is currently being held on a $850,000 bond.

"He has no idea," said Williams Lawyer Vicki Hutchinson. "There was no external physical manifestation on the child, when he was taken to the hospital, so he has no idea what happened to the child."

Clues, or at least a timeline, could lie in text messages Williams sent to the baby's mother that night. A judge is keeping those, and the entire arrest warrant, sealed from the public.

"If he sent texts to the baby's mother, saying, 'here's a picture of the baby sleeping,' The texts show the baby's face," Hutchinson said.

Williams has another child, a 3-year old, who he's not allowed to see or communicate with him, if he ever gets out on bond.

Outside court, members of the toddler's immediate family had no comment for Eyewitness News. Others close to the case, said they are still in shock over the sudden tragedy.

"We want justice for baby Aiden, so we all hope the truth does come out," Cerrone said. 

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