Mom under DCF supervision charged with abusing toddler

January 8, 2019

BRIDGEPORT - A young mother, already under state child protection supervision, was charged Tuesday with severely abusing her 5-month-old son.

Janay Moore, 27, of Capitol Avenue, was charged with second-degree assault, risk of injury to children and intentional cruelty to children.

She was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Her boyfriend, and the father of her son, Gregg Williams, 34, was charged with risk of injury to children and intentional cruelty to children. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Police said Moore, the mother of four young children, had been under the supervision of the state Department of Children and Families as a result of her drug addiction. They said Moore’s social workers admitted that she had missed a number of appointments with them including one just two days before the toddler ended up in the hospital.

DCF Spokesman Gary Kleeblatt said he is prevented by state law from commenting on specific cases.

Police said they were recently called to the couple’s home by DCF to check on the children after the couple brought in the 5-month-old to Bridgeport Hospital.

The toddler was subsequently transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital in critical condition. The medical report states, “The victim has evidence of life threatening brain injury and serious eye and spinal cord injuries with severe developmental devastation.”

Police said Williams told them he had arrived home that evening he noticed the baby was limp and not eating but took no other action.

They said Moore told them she had gone to sleep on the coach with the child and woke up to hear a “big boom on the floor.” She claimed she found the boy on the floor crying but checked him and found him fine. Later, she admitted she did shake the boy after finding him unresponsive, his eyes stuck to one side and then put him in a bouncy chair, police said.

Although the boy’s grandmother said they should take the boy immediately to the hospital, police said Moore took her time, getting dressed, feeding her other children and even smoking a cigarette on the porch before making arrangements to get a ride to the hospital.

Police said Moore was enrolled in DCF’s Family Based Recovery Program but that social workers told them she often missed appointments. Police said a social worker visited Moore’s home five days before the baby went to the hospital and reported that everything appeared normal.

Moore was scheduled for an in-home appointment two days before the baby was hospitalized by her social worker went to the home and found no one there, police said.

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