Dad Threw Baby Against Wall Because She Was Crying: Police - NBC Connecticut

Dad Threw Baby Against Wall Because She Was Crying: Police



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    A 36-year-old father accused of abusing his 3-month-old daughter threw the little girl against a wall because he was upset over her crying, according to police.

    The baby,  who family members identified as Victoria Tarkowski, suffered six skull fractures and a fractured wrist.

    Tarkowski, 36, of South Main Street in the Moosup section of Plainfield, was arrested on Saturday morning and the baby's grandather identified Tarkowski as the father.

    Police said they went to investigate over the weekend because they received a call from a family member after the child's mother returned home from the methadone clinic in Norwich and found a bruise on her daughter's head. 

    The child's mother said Tarkowski "lost it" because the baby was crying and threw her against the wall, according to the arrest warrant application.

    When the mother asked Tarkowski what happened, he said he was tired, did not get any sleep and wanted to rip the baby's head off, police said. He then wrapped the child in a blanket and threw her against the wall, according to police.

    The mother then asked Tarkowski if he knew he could have killed the baby and he said it's not a good idea for him to watch her when he is exhausted.

    "If I wanted to kill her, I would have snapped her (expletive) neck and throw(n) her in a dumpster," Robert P. Tarkowski told the baby's mother when she was questioning what happened, according to police.

    When Tarkowski spoke to police, he said he was sleeping and woke up because the little girl was crying, so he went into the bedroom and found the baby on the floor.

    He told investigators she fell off the bed, but could not account for all of the baby's fractures.

    When police questioned him further, Tarkowski asked for an attorney, police said.

    The little girl was taken to Windham Hospital in Willimantic, then transferred to Connecticut Children's Medial Center in Hartford, but she has since been released to other family members.

    Family members also told police that Tarkowski admitted to being "rough" with the baby and said he wanted to kill himself.

    Police said they searched Tarkowski's home on Friday and arrested him Saturday morning at 14 Miller Road in Sterling. He was charged with first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment and appeared at Danielson Superior Court on March 30, where bond was set at $300,000.

    A protective order was issued for the victim and Tarkowski is due back in court on May 1.

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