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Babysitter appears in court following death of 5-month-old

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Joshua Maldonado was arrested following the death of a 5-month-old child. (WFSB/Manchester Police) Joshua Maldonado was arrested following the death of a 5-month-old child. (WFSB/Manchester Police)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

A man accused of killing the 5-month-old child he was hired to babysit faced a judge on Thursday in Manchester.

On Wednesday, 23-year-old Joshua Maldonado turned himself in to police following the baby's death.

Police said he is not related to the child, but Eyewitness News was told he is dating the child's mother.

Last Sunday, police said they received a call from someone in the Squire Village Apartments in Manchester.

A 5-month-old baby was reportedly choking. Police said Maldonado was babysitting the child.

According to 911 calls, Maldonado called them saying the baby "had milk and all that coming from his nose" and said he didn't think the child was breathing. He told police he tried performing CPR on the child.

However, according to court documents, he waited almost an hour before calling 911.

First responders said they tried CPR and rushed the child to Manchester Memorial Hospital. However, it was too late. The child died a short time after arriving.

Investigators said an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

That gave police probable cause to press charges and classify the case as a homicide.

His family, however, said he wouldn't do anything wrong.

"He never been in any trouble in his life and he loves kids so he has no motive to hurt that baby at all. He didn't. It's not fair," said Sadie Hayes, Maldonado's grandmother.

Maldonado was taken into custody without incident, according to police. He turned himself in Wednesday night.

He faces manslaughter and other charges.

He's being held on a $350,000 bond.

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