Baby Sitter Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Toddler's Death - NBC Connecticut

Baby Sitter Found Guilty of Manslaughter in Toddler's Death



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    The baby sitter accused of causing the injuries that killed a 19-month-old New Haven boy last year has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, according to the judicial district.

    Kinjal Patel was arrested in January 2014 after the toddler was rushed into surgery at to Yale-New Haven Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Department. The child could not be saved.

    Police said the baby suffered cuts on the inside of his mouth and tongue, bruises on his chin and a severely fractured skull. His death was ruled a homicide.

    After her arrest, Patel admitted to becoming angry with the child and forcing him down the floor, where he hit his head and started to cry and convulse, according to police.

    Court officials said Patel entered an Alford plea Thursday, which means she maintains innocence while still pleading guilty to manslaughter.

    She will be sentenced Oct. 29, according to the court.

    The child's parents, Thenmozhi Rajendran and Sivakumar Mani, were also arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and interfering with an officer. They are both due back in court Sept. 1.

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