Daily Blotter – June 11

A roundup of all things criminal in CT

 Couple Accused of Abusing Daughter

State police have charged a Montville couple with physically abusing their 4-month-old daughter.  Jeffrey Mears, 29, and Jaime Carr, 19, were arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the baby's suspicious injuries.  A doctor contacted the Department of Children and Families in April because of unexplained bruises and the baby's broken arm.  Further examination at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center found healing fractures to the infant's collarbone, both arms, both legs and multiple ribs, according to police.  A judge has ordered the parents not to have any contact with the baby.

Fake Swine Claim Confuses Police

A claim of swine flu threw confusion into a domestic dispute and stalled an arrest in New Haven, according to police.  They responded to a home on Dickerman Street to arrest a 16-year-old, but a woman in the house told them that the home was under quarantine for swine flu.  Police put on face masks and a prisoner van arrived, but refused to take the teen after hearing about the swine flu claim.  As it turned out the house was not under quarantine and the teen was eventually taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital as a precaution, according to police.

Woman Sues Police for Son's Shooting

A federal appeals court has sided with a Connecticut woman seeking damages from the town of East Haven for the police shooting death of her son.  East Haven officials had challenged a judge's order that a new trial be held to determine compensatory damages in the shooting death of Malik Jones, 21. The case involves Emma Jones, who is seeking a new trial on compensatory damages against the town for the 1997 shooting of her son.  A federal jury in Hartford did not award any compensatory damages to Jones in a 2003 verdict.  The jury did approve $2.5 million in punitive damages, but a federal judge threw out the award.  However, the same judge ordered a new trial on compensatory damages, which the town appealed.

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