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Stamford woman arrested in daughter-in-law’s death

November 30, 2018

STAMFORD — A second arrest has been made in connection with the death of a woman who police say suffered a massive brain bleed.

Mercedes Collazo Hernandez, 60, was charged Friday with cruelty to persons after police say she failed to get her daughter-in-law medical attention in time to save her life. Hernandez was held on $250,000 court appearance bond.

Iris Lopez, 36, died at Stamford Hospital about 12 hours after she was found unconscious in Hernandez’s Southwood Square apartment late Monday afternoon.

According to police reports of Lopez’s death, Hernandez told police she saw her daughter-in-law foaming at the mouth and unconscious before going to work on Monday morning.

Hernandez told officers she urged her son, Hector Collazo Lopez, to call an ambulance for his wife, the police report said. Hernandez said her son refused, saying he did not want to be blamed for her condition, the report said.

Hernandez said her son called her later that afternoon to come home from work to check on his wife, the report said. Hernandez found Lopez lying unconscious on the floor of her apartment and called an ambulance, the report said.

Collazo Lopez was arrested Tuesday on the same charge and is being held in lieu of a $250,000 court appearance bond.

Despite finding dozens of bruises and blunt head trauma on Lopez’s body, the medical examiner’s office was unable to determine the cause and manner of her death after an autopsy Wednesday. Without that determination, police cannot be sure whether the death was an accident or a homicide.

The determination of the cause of death is pending further study by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Detective bureau Lt. Tom Scanlon said.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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