On Oct. 18, police in Farmington arrested Morsy Elzawawy, 29, after he reportedly abused his 7-week-old daughter, inflicting multiple fractures.
On September 1, the girl was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where doctors discovered fractured clavicles, a broken left leg, bruising to her abdomen, her thighs and her nose.
Hospital staff notified the state Department of Children and Families.
Initially, Elzawawy denied any abuse had taken place, and claimed he did not know how the baby was injured.
However, the next day Elzawawy admitted to police that on two occasions, he actually dropped the girl down the stairs.
The Courant reported:
In another interview, Elzawawy said he doesn’t love the infant as much as his older child, said he did not drop his daughter and said when the infant cried “I would get so mad.”
“Morsy Elzawawy demonstrated with a doll provided to him during that interview, that sometimes when [the infant] is crying, he picks her up and squeezes her torso by holding her in his arms, and pressing her into his chest, which quiets her,” according to the warrant for his arrest.
Elzawawy has been charged with first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment charges. He is currently free on $250,000 bail.
Elzawawy, an Egyptian national was ordered to surrender his passport.
Both the infant as well as the couple's other child have been placed into foster care.
Despite the serious nature of this case, the investigation was stalled when Elzawawy denied permission to police, to photograph the child's injuries, as doing so, would violate Islamic law.
The girl's mother later granted permission.