Milford police have arrested two people after launching an investigation into a video posted online in which it sounded like an adult was screaming at and hitting a child, according to a news release from police.
Police said they received several complaints on May 8 and obtained two warrants.
They have charged 33-year-old Daniel Perez, of Milford, with second-degree threatening and four counts of risk of injury.
Alessandra Sillo, 33, of Milford, was charged with two counts of risk of injury.
According to court documents, the investigation began on May 8 when a live stream posted to social media came to the attention of police. Police said one of the concerned callers identified the family involved.
In the video a male voice, who police later identified as Perez's, can be heard cursing and yelling at children, who could be heard screaming and crying. There was also "what sounds like striking or slapping as the child continues to scream and cry," according to the documents.
The arrest warrant application states that when officers arrived at the home to investigate, they were concerned about the conditions. Officers noted dirty conditions and issues like exposed nails in the children's bedroom and a lack of running water.
Perez told police multiple stories about the video, claiming the audio was faked, then claiming that while he yelled at the children, he would never hit them.
According to the warrant during the course of the investigation Sillo and Perez agreed to a DCF safety plan and a trip to the pediatrician the next day, but instead of following through with those plans, the couple fled with the children to Rhode Island.
Both Sillo and Perez were arrested Friday. They are next due on court on June 4.
The children have been placed in DCF care.