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Father arrested in connection with infant investigation

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Marcus Rooks was arrested in connection with an infant's injuries. (Hartford police photo) Marcus Rooks was arrested in connection with an infant's injuries. (Hartford police photo)

The father of a 2-month-old baby, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with assaulting the child.

Police were called to 798 Capitol Ave. for "a report of an unresponsive baby" around 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

Officers found 2-month-old Adore Marie Daniels and she was taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She remained in critical condition on Tuesday.

Family members told Eyewitness News Adore suffered several injuries including bleeding on her brain. Her godmother Dannie Sears said Adore had emergency surgery on Monday, but was still fighting on Tuesday.

"Injuries are consistent with shaken baby," said Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

Adore's father, Marcus Rooks, was arrested around noon on Tuesday.

Rooks told police "lost control," "got angry" and "started cursing at the infant as he threw her head first into the bassinet." 

Investigators said the child struck her head on the hard bottom of the crib and that Rooks tried to cover up what happened with blankets and towels.

The child "had been unresponsive for a period of time, at least overnight," Foley said.

Police said Rooks failed to get his daughter the help she needed and it was the child's godmother, Dannie Sears, who urged him to turn himself in.

"I donno why or what, I just know he confessed," Sears said.

After his court appearance on Tuesday, Rooks was ordered by the judge to stay away from the child and her family. He was being held on $1 million bond.

The incident is under investigation by the Hartford Major Crimes Homicide Unit and Hartford Police Special Investigations Division.

Sears said she is hoping and praying the baby makes a full recovery.

"I just want to see my baby and they won't let us see her," Sears said. "They have the criminal. We just want to get on with our lives."

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