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Stamford police: Abused baby will never walk or talk

November 30, 2018

STAMFORD — The battered and bruised baby at the center of what police and doctors describe as one of the most horrific child abuse cases they have seen will likely never walk or talk.

Police say doctors at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital told them both of the baby’s legs were broken and six ribs were fractured when the 10-week-old was treated earlier this year.

The baby also had two skull fractures that occurred at different times and suffered strokes that have limited the amount of blood to her small brain. She also suffered brain bleeds, retinal hemorrhaging and stretched leg ligaments, according to Jeisson Garcia’s 21-page arrest affidavit.

A 10-month police investigation culminated this week with Garcia’s arrest on two counts of felony first-degree assault, second-degree assault and risk of injury to a child. Garcia is being held on $1 million bond.

“This is the worst case of child abuse we have ever investigated where the child hasn’t died. Her quality of life is going to almost be nonexistent. It is nonexistent,” said Sgt. Joseph Kennedy, who heads the Stamford Police Department’s Youth Bureau.

Most of the injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome, the affidavit said.

The baby was born on Nov. 16, 2017 to a woman who moved here from Colombia last October to be with Garcia, the affidavit said.

Garcia, however, was not the girl’s father and the mother told police their relationship was strained after the baby’s birth, the affidavit said.

Police said they discovered the child’s condition when the girl stopped breathing and an ambulance was called on Feb. 6.

Kennedy said the girl will be wheelchair-bound, unable to speak and will likely be blind.

“It is horrendous. Yale told us when we were doing the investigation that as far as a survivor of child abuse, this was the worst they ever have seen,” Kennedy said. “This baby did not die, but they said she should have died and this was the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen.”

Kennedy said the baby was turned over to the state department of Children and Families and is in foster care. Kennedy said he did not know what happened to the baby’s mother.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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