A Connecticut man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece, whom he was tasked with babysitting. The 36-year-old uncle reportedly knifed the infant in the chest. The tot was taken to the hospital but later died. The man was arrested and charged with murder and is being held on $1.5 million bail.
Reports The Associated Press via MSN News: “Authorities responded to a home in Bristol shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday and encountered a resident running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her stomach. Officers performed CPR on the girl, who later died at a hospital. Police say the girl was Zaniyah Calloway. An 11-year-old child also was in the home but wasn't injured.”
The uncle, Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, was arrested and charged with murder with special circumstances, reckless endangerment of a child and risk of injury to a child. The last two charges stem from the fact that the 11-year-old was in the home at the time of the incident. According to police, when paramedics and officers arrived, Hapgood came running out to them, naked, carrying his bleeding niece.
According to Yahoo News, “the motive for the slashing remained unclear Tuesday. Police said Hapgood invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to talk with them.”
While Hapgood was being arraigned, a family member, identified as Juan Negro, shouted at the handcuffed uncle, demanding that he look at him and answer why he killed the infant.
“I just want justice,” Negro said. “Why would you do this to a baby girl?”
Yahoo says that “state court records show Hapgood has drug-selling convictions. In 2008, he was sentenced to four years in prison on drug charges, and he currently is on probation.”
Officials say Hapgood was also taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. It’s not clear how he sustained those injuries. Information has not yet been made available on the mother and father of the child.