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Police rule death of 2-month-old child homicide

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The baby experienced breathing problems at a daycare and later died at Stamford Hospital. (WFSB) The baby experienced breathing problems at a daycare and later died at Stamford Hospital. (WFSB)

Stamford police said the death of a 2-month-old child was ruled a homicide.

Officials say the baby, identified as Bella Redondo, was rushed to Stamford Hospital after she began experiencing breathing problems at Little Bears Beginnings Daycare, which is on Wardwell Street, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the child's body on Wednesday. Authorities determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. 

"We saw obvious signs of trauma last night," Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said. "The baby had major cardiac problems, which was caused by the head trauma."   

Police said the investigation started when a medical call was received from the Little Bears Beginnings Daycare around 3:15 p.m. The baby "stopped breathing and resuscitation efforts were put forth" by the doctors. However, the "doctors valiantly tried to save Bella, but to no avail," police said. She died at 6:20 p.m. 

The State’s Attorney’s Office as well as the Office of Early Childhood and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families were notified and updated on the criminal investigation.  

"At this point, we're investigating it actively," Hohn said. "We're interviewing the people at the daycare and at this point we're doing everything we can to find out what happened to the baby." 

The baby's death was the first in Stamford of 2016. 

"It is also a sad day for the family of Bella Redondo and the Stamford Police Department offers our condolences to Bella’s family. This is an ongoing investigation and we hope we could assist in bringing closure to the family," police said in a release on Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News spoke to a former neighbor of the family who said he just saw them recently.

"Not too long ago at the park, saw them with the baby," said Carlos Lopez, who said the news about the baby's death is "shocking, just devastating, very sad." 

Eric Hernandez owns the duplex and lives in the apartment below where the Little Bears Beginnings Daycare is housed. Hernandez said to his knowledge there was only two children  being looked at there.

"She was very nice, very nice person," Hernandez said. "That's all I know I hear that the kid was sick and she didn't want to take the kid in the morning because the mother wants to go to work she refused, but she tried to do favor to her." 

Neighbors told Eyewitness News the women who lived inside that apartment was run, kept to themselves, so much so, they said they no idea they were a running a daycare. 

"It's really hard very heart wrenching to hear a 2-month old baby died at a daycare," Julanie Milbein, who lives across the street, said. "Nobody knows yet what happened. I wish it was something nature take place."

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