Man jailed in baby abuse case
STAMFORD — A city man already under arrest on a strangulation charge was brought to the Stamford courthouse Thursday and charged with the brutal assault of a 2-year-old baby girl in February.
Jeisson Garcia, 23, of Warren Street was charged with felony first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor and was ordered held by a Stamford judge on a $1 million court appearance bond.
According to Garcia’s 21-page arrest affidavit, police were sent lights and sirens to Garcia’s home on Williams Street on Feb. 6, on the report of a two-month-old baby girl who had stopped breathing. The baby had been revived by the mother performing CPR.
At first, looking at the baby, who had no marks and appeared to be uninjured, it seemed the call was a simple medical assist with no signs of suspicious activity, according to the affidavit. But about two hours later police were called to Stamford Hospital on the report that the baby had a skull fracture. Later, after being airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital, the baby was diagnosed with multiple brain bleeds, multiple fractures and swelling on her head. As well, a bruise was discovered on the baby’s back, making her unable to breathe without help.
Doctors later determined that the baby had skull fractures on both sides of her head, which occurred in separate impacts. She also had two healing rib fractures as well as other rib fractures that occurred at a different time. As well, she had femur fractures on both legs that happened at different times, likely caused by pulling on the child’s legs or shaking baby syndrome, the affidavit said.
Doctors said the brain bleeds were likely caused by shaking the baby. There were also injuries to the baby’s neck ligaments, which were stretched and also probably caused by shaking, the affidavit said.
Among other injuries, the baby also suffered a stroke, doctors said. There was no explantation for the injuries that did not point to a clear case of abuse, the affidavit said.
Police had no additional comment as of Thursday evening.
Police found out through the child’s mother that she met Garcia in Colombia about four years earlier, and that Garcia sent for her in the United States in October 2017. The woman said she was pregnant at the time and the child was not Garcia’s. After giving birth to the baby in mid-November, the mother said her relationship with Garcia became strained because she was unable to show him the attention he wanted after she gave birth.
In early January, the mother said her baby daughter began to vomit, was constantly crying and not eating well. She said on Jan. 6 she asked Garcia to call a car for her to take the baby to the hospital, but he refused, telling her to walk the two miles while the temperature was about10 degrees, the affidavit said. Another woman in the home called a car to take her and the baby to the hospital.
The baby was not diagnosed with any injuries, but about two weeks later the mother noticed the baby girl could not move her right leg. During that time, the mother told police that Garcia would play rough games with the baby and that he found it funny when the mother told him to stop pulling on the baby’s legs. A couple of days later the mother noticed that the baby coughed up two gobs of saliva and blood, but another trip to the hospital did not reveal any injuries.
The mother said on Feb. 4, two days before the baby was found not breathing, Garcia cared for the baby while she went to her 5a.m. to 11 a.m. job cleaning restaurants. When she came home she discovered that Garcia had not fed the baby, though she had no appetite and was crying for unusually long periods. Garcia also pointed out that the baby had a lump on the side of her head and looked “big headed,” the affidavit said.
On Feb. 6, the mother told police she walked to the grocery store, leaving the baby with Garcia, and soon after returning she noticed white froth coming out of the baby’s mouth and her eyes rolled back in her head. Then she noticed the child was not breathing and called for an ambulance. The mother began CPR on baby and was able to get her breathing again.
When he was interviewed by police Garcia denied doing anything wrong. But in text conversations police say Garcia admitted to playing rough games with the baby and also apologized for shaking the baby when she stopped breathing.
After the mother told police that Garcia had strangled her in January, he was arrested and held at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Center, unable to post a $75,000 court appearance bond. He made no plea in the child abuse case.