The child’s mother, 19-year-old Adrianne Oyola, feels the state Department of Children and Families was negligent and could have done more to save her child’s life.
After the baby died, it was learned that Oyola feared for her own life, but her efforts to extend a restraining order were rejected by a judge who allowed the father, Tony Moreno, to see his child.
Oyola’s attorney is asking the claims commissioner for the right to sue the state. Under Connecticut law, one must be granted permission.
"What else could we have done, what didn't we do as a system,” said Tonya Johnson of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
She said in some situations people don’t understand how dangerous things are until it’s too late.
DCF did not comment on the lawsuit, but shortly after the baby’s death last July, DCF released a statement that said “Department staff saw the mother and child on three occasions between June 19 and June 26, and the father was not allowed access to the baby by the mother."