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Police: Babysitter accused of killing child shouldn't have been hired

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Thenmozhi Rajendran, Sivakumar Mani and  Babysitter Kinjal Patel all face charges. Thenmozhi Rajendran, Sivakumar Mani and Babysitter Kinjal Patel all face charges.
Kinjal Patel, 27, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor after being accused of killing 19-month-old Athiyan Sivakumar. Kinjal Patel, 27, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor after being accused of killing 19-month-old Athiyan Sivakumar.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The parents of a baby who died while under the care of a babysitter were arrested by police.

Thenmozhi Rajendran, 24 and Sivakumar Mani, 33, were both charged with risk of injury to a minor for allowing babysitter Kinjal Patel to watch their son.

Patel, 27, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor in the death of 19-month-old Athiyan Sivakumar.

"It's a horrible tragedy and I think the parents are just looking for an opportunity to mourn the loss of their son," said Charles Tiernan, the parents' attorney.

Police said the parents lied to them about what happened the night their son was admitted to the hospital. At first, investigators said the mother told them her son fell off the couch, hit his head and was acting differently after a nap.

However, police said the child was actually with the babysitter, Patel.

Officials said the child never should have been in Patel's care. On Dec. 24, they said the Dept. of Children and Families started an investigation after Athiyan Sivakumar was brought to the emergency room. They said the child had a cut on the inside of his lip and tongue as well as a bruise on the chin.

Thenmozhi Rajendran and Sivakumar Mani were told by DCF that they could no longer use Patel as a babysitter.

On Jan. 16, police said the child was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Department, and staff there informed police that now the boy's skull had been severely fractured and the injuries were described as life-threatening.

Police went to the child's home on Weybosset Street as he went into surgery, and they said they secured the building as a crime scene.

Sivakumar died three days later from internal bleeding and a skull fracture. The office of the chief medical examiner said the death was caused by blunt force.

Police said they interviewed Patel on Jan. 22, and she admitted to them that she was in charge of babysitting the boy. At first, according to court records, Patel told police the baby woke up convulsing but then changed her story to say the boy slipped on a wet kitchen floor.

Police said Patel then called them back and said she wanted to tell them the truth.

In a follow-up interview, Patel told them she became angry and forced the child down. She then demonstrated that she grabbed the boy and violently slammed his feet up and down on the kitchen floor approximately three times. Then she grabbed the boy's cheeks on both sides with her fingers and forcefully shook his head back and forth, police said.

Police said she then told police she pushed the boy's face and he fell backwards, hitting his head on the kitchen floor.

Patel told police she did it because the child was spitting food and water at her.

In court records, she was quoted as saying to the baby, "Why don't you listen to me? I am the one who is always watching you." Patel said the child began to cry and convulse.

Patel then phoned the child's father, who took the boy to the hospital, according to detectives.

The documents also said the father told Patel not to tell anyone that she was babysitting.

Rajendran and Mani were both in court on Thursday and both posted a bond of $25,000 each.

Their attorney would not say how his clients met Patel or why they kept using her after the December injury.

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