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Man accused of squeezing toddler so tight that she vomited

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Lamar Heyward. (West Haven police photo) Lamar Heyward. (West Haven police photo)

The boyfriend of a woman in West Haven is accused of squeezing a child so tightly that the toddler vomited, according to police.

Officers said Lamar Heyward was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at their North Place address on Monday morning.

The girlfriend, who is also the 21-month-old's mother, dialed 911 and told police that Heyward arrived home and had an addiction to PCP.

"PCP is a nasty narcotic. Its a nasty drug and we've seen people that display odd amounts of strength where it takes several officers to subdue them," said West Haven Police Sgt. David Tammaro.

The child's mother said Heyward put a pillow on top of the sleeping toddler, picked her up and tightly squeezed her against his chest.

The mother said she couldn't get the suspect to stop even as the child vomited. A roommate also tried to help but failed.

Police said Heyward continued to squeeze the child even after they arrived.

They said they had to forcibly separate him from the toddler.

He continued to resist officers afterward but was eventually subdued, according to police.

The child was transported to Yale Pediatric Hospital for treatment. Police said she suffered minor injuries to her face.

Heyward was charged with risk of injury to a child, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with police and disorderly conduct. He has a criminal record, including convictions for assault, breach of peace, interfering with police, and carrying a dangerous weapon. He is also currently on probation. 

He was held on a $100,000 bond. He is due back in court later this month.

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