AN off-duty paramedic was arrested in connection with the death of a 15-month-old child last summer in Torrington.
Police charged with 27-year-old Alex Ciccarelli-Rosa with second-degree manslaughter, risk of injury to a minor and tampering with evidence.
The arrest of Ciccarelli-Rosa comes after officers were called to 420 South Main St. on June 6. Upon arrival, police said they found 15-month-old Evan Standish unresponsive.
Police said Ciccarelli-Rosa "was the entrusted caregiver" at the time of the death of Evan. Ciccarelli-Rosa had left Evan unattended in a bathtub where police said he was found unresponsive.
According to court documents, Ciccarelli-Rosa had just completed a 12-hour shift as a paramedic when his girlfriend left Evan in his care.
Police weren't called until Evan's mother arrived home and noticed the baby wasn't breathing.
An autopsy was performed on Evan's body and it was determined that the manner of death was ruled a Homicide. Medical Examiner's Officer added the cause of death was listed as "submersion in tub with blunt injuries to head and acute alcohol intoxication."
According to the warrant, Ciccarelli-Rosa mixed himself a stiff drink of rum and Dr. Pepper, and "placed the mixed drink at the foot of the bed, left the cup unattended and when he returned he witnessed [the boy] drinking from this cup."
Documents also stated that Ciccarelli-Rosa was intoxicated the day of Evan's death and that he failed to follow paramedic protocols.
Authorities said Ciccarelli-Rosa attempted to use his own needles and medical supplies on Evan, and was attempting to perform CPR when police arrived.
Ciccarelli-Rosa was arraigned at Torrington Superior Court on Thursday. He'll be transferred to New Haven Correctional.
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