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Groups makes recommendations after death of Bristol baby

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State agencies are trying to help the judicial system learn from an unspeakable tragedy.

Last August, police accused 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood of stabbing 14-month-old Zaniyah Calloway to death.

Investigators said there were mistakes made that may have helped protect the young girl.

Hapgood pled guilty as part of a plea deal. He was on probation for another crime at the time of the stabbing.

Shakiyah Clay spoke with us shortly after learning her infant daughter Zaniyah had been stabbed to death.

“There’s no words to explain how it’s been,” Clay said.

A day after Hapgood pled guilty, the Office of the Child Advocate and the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence issued a joint report about the case, along with recommendations for the state and judicial system. 

Before the murder, Hapgood was on probation but investigators found he had been using PCP for several weeks, despite multiple drug tests the state didn't catch it.

Now investigators are trying to figure out if the murder could have been prevented.

The report found that the state was using a contractor whose tests did not include PCP, and the results of a recent state issued test, that did account for PCP, was delayed about ten days. 

Investigators recommend that the Court Support Services Division conduct an internal audit/sampling of case files to ensure testing of PCP is a routine occurrence.

The report made another troubling discovery. Police in Waterbury had visited Hapgood's home the night before the murder on a domestic violence call but no arrests were made despite the fact that alleged violence took place in front of children.

Investigators in the report recommends that Connecticut should consider enhancing its model policy for law enforcement's response where there is family violence and children are present. 

The goal of the report is to spare mothers from knowing Shaliyah's Clay's pain.

“Love your kids tell them that you love them every day because you never know when the last day your going to see them,” she said.

There have already been some changes regarding the drug test system already.

To read the report, click here.

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