Shelton woman accused of abusing child, neglecting cat

Faith Taylor is accused of abusing a child with a disability and neglecting a cat. (Shelton police)

A woman in Shelton is accused of abusing a child with a disability and neglecting a cat, according to police.

Police charged 37-year-old Faith Taylor with assault of an intellectually disabled person, risk of injury to a child and cruelty to animals.

They said a Department of Children and Families social worker was at Taylor's home on Aug. 25 for an unrelated reason.

The worker noticed that the special needs child at the home had bruising and cuts all over his body.

Shelton detectives investigated and said they determined that the injuries were suffered at the hands of Taylor.

During their investigation, they said they also noticed what appeared to be a dead cat in the home.

However, they eventually heard a faint sound come from it and realized it was still alive.

The animal was taken to a vet where a veterinarian determined that it had been severely neglected. The cat had to be euthanized.

Taylor was arrested on two warrants on Wednesday.

She was released on a $500 bond and given a court date of Thursday in Derby.

Taylor's name is listed as an outpatient phlebotomist for Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The hospital released a statement to Channel 3 on Thursday morning.

“Yale-New Haven Hospital does not comment on employment relationships with individuals," said Mark D'Antonio, Yale-New Haven Hospital spokesperson.

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