Daily Blotter — April 10

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Man Shot in Neck

Hartford police are investigating after a man was shot in the neck around midnight Friday morning on Park Street.  A group of men came up from behind and opened fire on the man, according to police.  The man is in critical condition at Hartford Hospital.

Southbury Woman Steals From Employer

A federal judge has sentenced a Southbury woman to more than two years in prison for embezzling more than $800,000 from her former employer. Leslie Tavolacci, 56, has also been ordered to pay back the money and $142,000 in back taxes, according to prosecutors.

 Man Charged in Son's Death

A Bridgeport man is facing nine years in prison under a plea deal in the death of his 3-month old son. John McCready, 30, agreed this week to plead guilty to manslaughter in the death of his infant son on Christmas Day two years ago. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor. The baby was brought to Bridgeport Hospital suffering seizures on Dec. 22, 2007, according to prosecutors. He was admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital and died three days later on Christmas.  An autopsy concluded he died of blunt head trauma and also had spinal cord injuries, broken ribs and bleeding in both eyes. McCready is to be sentenced June 5.

Child Assault Arrest

A Middletown man has been arrested on charges of assaulting his 4-month-old son, causing life-threatening injuries. Zachary Salyers, 20, is being held on $250,000 bond after his arrest this week.  The baby is suffering from a fractured skull, two broken ribs, bleeding and swelling of the brain and broken blood vessels around the eyes, according to a doctor. The baby has also been having seizures. Salyers was arrested after he gave police three different accounts of what happened to the baby.  Salyers allegedly told police he did not know his own strength and did not realize how badly he hurt the infant. 

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