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Report: Deceased Stamford woman suffered blunt head trauma

November 28, 2018

STAMFORD — The woman whose untimely death Tuesday morning sparked a criminal investigation, was diagnosed at Stamford Hospital with a bleeding brain due to blunt trauma and bruises all over her body, according to a police report.

Hector Collazo-Lopez, 42, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the woman’s death, charged with cruelty to persons for withholding medical treatment. Police said he did not call an ambulance to the the Southwood Square apartment complex, where he and the woman were living with their three children, in time to save her life.

A police report of the incident says Lopez has an “extensive history” with the Stamford Police Department that includes domestic violence convictions from 2000 to 2016 for charges including assault, breach of peace, criminal mischief, violation of judges’ protective orders, violation of probation, stalking, threatening, creating a public disturbance and interfering with police. He has served sentences in jail as long as a year and as short as 30 days, and in some cases received suspended sentences, his court record shows.

He also has been arrested for failing to register as a sexual offender, interfering with police, violating probation, stalking and violating judges’ criminal protective orders. “Lopez is also known to the SPD as someone with an extensive history as a domestic violence perpetrator,” the arrest report from this week states.

An investigation into the death of the 36-year-old woman in continuing. Police have not yet confirmed her identity and the manner and cause of her death has not yet been determined.

But Lopez’s mother told police that she heard the woman vomiting between 4 and 5 a.m. Monday morning, which she attributed to heavy drinking over the weekend.

Mercedes Collazo Martinez, 60, told police that Lopez and his family had been staying with her in her one-bedroom apartment at the Southwood Square housing complex. She told police that before she went to work on Monday, the woman was complaining about a headache and she gave her some medication. But when she came home late Monday afternoon, she found her unconscious on the living room floor.

At about 5:45 p.m. Monday Martinez called for an ambulance, according to the report.

Lopez was also charged with criminal trespass because he had been ordered to leave and not come back to the Pequot Drive complex where his mother was living.

Once at Stamford Hospital, police were told by medial staff that the woman was suffering from a massive brain bleed due to blunt force trauma to the right side of her head, the police report said. Doctors also found between 30 and 40 new and old bruises on her body.

Shortly after 8 p.m., police were told that the woman was rapidly declining. The next morning she was dead.

When the lead investigator in the case, Sgt. Chris Broems, talked to Martinez she said the woman and her son had been drinking heavily over the past three months, and whenever the woman got drunk she “had a habit of falling all over the place,” the report said.

At about 9 a.m. Monday, Martinez said she heard the woman vomiting again and falling in the bathroom. At that point she said the woman was “full of bruises and frothing at the mouth,” and she was unable to wake her up.

Martinez said she suggested to her son that they should call an ambulance for her, but he refused, saying he was concerned he would be suspected of inflicting the bruises on his wife, the report states.

Martinez said she last saw the woman, who was breathing at the time, at 10:30 a.m. Monday. She says she told her son to let her rest, believing she was drunk. She said her son called her at 4:30 p.m. Monday and asked if she could come home during her break and keep an eye on the woman, because she was not looking very good.

Police found Lopez at his mother’s apartment Monday night. When police examined him they found dark purple bruising under his left bicep, a minor cut on the side of his left wrist and the appearance of small rashes through out his stomach region, the police report states.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was performing an autopsy on the woman’s body Wednesday.

At Hector Lopez’s arraignment Wednesday, judge Bruce Hudock said that Lopez was under criminal investigation and ruled that he would be held in lieu of a $250,000 court appearance bond.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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