Cops: Man Wanted for Assault on Infant, Mom Arrested

By Bob Connors
|  Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 2:28 PM EDT
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Cops: Man Wanted for Assault on Infant, Mom Arrested

Keith Loftus (right) is accused of assaulting a 7-month old baby in Old Saybrook. The baby's mother, Crystal Dorothy (left), is accused of lying to police about how her child was injured. Police arrested Dorothy but were still looking for Loftus on Tuesday.

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Old Saybrook police are looking for a man in connection with an assault on a 7-month-old baby.

Keith Loftus, 31, is accused of shaking the baby violently, causing the child to suffer life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Authorities began an investigation in September, after the baby was taken to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital with injuries consistent with abuse, police said. Hospital staff alerted Old Saybrook police, because the baby's mother, Crystal Dorothy, lives in Old Saybrook.

According to police, Loftus was Dorothy's boyfriend, and cared for the infant while Dorothy was at work. The alleged abuse happened over several days in September while the child was in the care of Loftus, according to police.

Loftus and Dorothy made up a story about how the child was injured, police said.

After a lengthy investigation, police arrested Crystal Dorothy, 26, Tuesday. She is charged with risk of injury to a minor, providing a false statement and interfering with an officer. A judge set Dorothy's bond at $100,000.

Police continue to search for Loftus. He is wanted on charges of first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, interfering with an officer and conspiracy to commit a false statement.

Anyone who has information on Loftus' whereabouts should call Old Saybrook police at 860-395-3142.

 

The child recovered from the injuries and is currently in foster care, police said.

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