NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) - A man from New Britain is accused of fracturing the skull of a 3-year-old child.
Police said Frank Alexander Santiago, 24, became upset with the girl and caused the child's head to hit the ground.
The child suffered extensive internal and external injuries, according to police.
They began investigating on Jan. 10 after the child was brought to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. It was reported to them as a case of possible abuse.
The injuries apparently happened the day before and the girl's family initially sought treatment at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
Because if the severity of the injuries, the child was transferred to Connecticut Children's.
Police learned that Santiago was the sole caregiver of the child at the time of the incident.
According to court documents, Santiago hit the girl because she rolled her eyes at him and talked back.
"They were fighting a lot. They argue and fight," said Lillian Torres, a neighbor.
Lillian Torres was home last Wednesday when the sound of fighting reverberated through the walls of her Washington Street apartment.
"They were fighting and the child was crying a lot," said Torres.
Santiago was home watching the 3-year-old while the girl's mother was at work.
Police said as soon as she got hurt, Santiago initially tried to cover it up, calling the girl's mother saying the child hit her head on a wall.
Santiago sent the girl's mother a panicked video, showing the girl, with a wound to the forehead, slowly opening and closing her eyes.
In the video, Santiago said, "she don't look too good. Should I take her to the hospital? Please, I don't know what to do man."
When Santiago confessed, he said he was mad because the girl said something "rude" to him and rolled her eyes at him.
He told police he grabbed the girl's shirt and yanked her to the ground, where she hit her head.
Santiago told police he didn't mean to hurt the girl and blamed his schizophrenia.
He turned himself in to police on Sunday and was served with an arrest warrant.
Santiago was charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
He is being held on a $750,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Monday.