Dad gets 42 months for beating 6-month-old daughter
BRIDGEPORT -It apparently wasn’t enough that William Lugo had nearly beaten his 6-month-old daughter to death.
As he stood in court Thursday morning waiting to be sentenced to three and a half years in prison, the 50-year-old Lugo began mouthing challenges to members of his family sitting together in the back of the courtroom.
“Come on, I’ll take you on right now, outside,” he visibly mouthed.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Zingaro told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin that Lugo’s behavior in the courtroom was disgusting.
“He is obviously a person who doesn’t respect children,” she told the judge.
Lugo’s lawyer, William Westcott attributed his client’s behavior as “nervous energy.”
“I don’t know of it is nervous energy or what but your affect comes across as disrespect,” Devlin told Lugo. “The injuries suffered by this young baby are atrocious and your bear responsibility for that.”
The judge then sentenced Lugo, who had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and risk of injury to a child, to 10 years, suspended after he serves 42 months in prison and followed by three years of probation. The judge also ordered him to have no further contact with his daughter.
On Oct. 14, 2016, police were called to Bridgeport Hospital for an incident of child abuse.
Police said the infant, who was subsequently transferred for treatment to Yale-New Haven Hospital, was found to have fractures to both legs, facial bruising and bleeding on her brain.
They said Lugo, of Hazelwood Avenue, told doctors he had been watching the baby while her mother was at work. He said he had put the baby on a bed while he went to use the bathroom and when he came back he found her on the floor.
Police said when they questioned Lugo about his story he angrily told them, “You are trying to mess with my head, I already told you everything I know.”
“She is now a 7-month-old little girl who had a long road to recovery,” the girl’s grandmother told the judge. “I have promised her I will never let anyone hurt her again and we ask that you keep her safe.”