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Hartford mother arrested following baby's bathtub death

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Tamara Santana. (Dept. of Corrections photo) Tamara Santana. (Dept. of Corrections photo)
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A mother from Hartford was arrested in connection with the death of a baby in a bathtub this past July.

Police said Tamara Lee Santana, 27, was already in custody from an unrelated arrest on Sept. 25.

She was originally arrested for breach of peace, threatening, criminal trespass and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Police said she also faces second-degree falsely reporting an incident and probation violation charges.

Now, she’ll be charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

She is currently at the York Correctional Institute.

Santana’s bond was set at $1 million and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

Police said they were called to 53 Elmer St. in Hartford for the report of an injured baby boy.

The child was brought to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where the child had to be taken off of life support four days later.

Police said the baby’s injuries were consistent with drowning.

Santana has a criminal history that includes admitting that she lied to police about getting hit by a man, which happened over a cell phone, and threatening neighbors with a kitchen knife.

She said someone poured sugar and honey all over her porch and tenants told police they didn't feel safe with her in the building.

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