Parents of Severely Injured Baby Arrested in Hartford

A 6-week-old baby girl who had severe injuries, including cranial bleeding and bruising to the brain, his died, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Police arrested the parents.

"We do believe this case is heading to a fatality at this point," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said Friday morning.

Prosecutors called the case "heinous."

Hartford police officers responded to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Thursday afternoon to investigate a report of an infant who suffered serious injuries.

Police said the baby girl, who is around six weeks old, had cranial bleeding, severe bruising, rib fractures and a clavicle fracture.

She was listed in grave condition and continued to receive emergency medical care, according to a news release from police.

Detectives from the Special Investigations Division and the Major Crimes Division responded to the hospital and took over the investigation. Police said they interviewed the baby’s parents, 23-year-old Edwin Babilonia and 20-year-old Ashley Perez and determined that the incident occurred at the family’s residence around 6 a.m. Thursday, police said.

In an interview on Friday morning, police said the injuries appeared to have happened over several days and doctors are working on organ donation options.

The baby is a twin and the twin was evaluated. The state Department of Children and Families has taken custody of that baby.

Babilonia and Perez were initially charged with risk of injury to a minor and cruelty to persons. Officials said neither parent has a prior record and officials from DCF said they had no prior involvement with the family.

Police have also charged Babilonia and Perez with first-degree assault and protective orders have been issued. They are due back in court on June 8. 

Babilonia's attorney said his client claims the kids were having trouble sleeping and the injuries were accidental.

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