A New Britain man is accused of injuring his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter and has been charged.
Police said the state Department of Children and Families contacted them on Sunday about a possible case of abuse.
The baby girl had been admitted to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for an unrelated condition when hospital staff noticed bruising on her legs and more severe bruising on her stomach and back, according to police.
They said the mother had no explanation for the injuries and further testing at the hospital revealed the child had sustained serious abdominal injuries and a fracture to her right hand that was starting to heal.
Detectives from the Youth Bureau assisted with the investigation and interviewed the child’s mother as well as her boyfriend, 20-year-old Dylan Michael Vitale, of New Britain and police said he provided information leading investigators to suspect he caused the child’s injuries.
Vitale was arrested on Monday and was held on a $250,000 bond.
The child remains in the custody of the DCF.
Vitale was charged with cruelty to persons, assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor.