Bridgeport man charged in 2019 death of New Haven infant

Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant

A Bridgeport man was charged with the 2019 death of 4-month-old from New Haven, officials said.

Angel Rodriguez, 35, appeared before a New Haven judge Monday, where he was ordered held on $500,00 bail on charges of first-degree manslaught and risk of injury in connection with the Nov. 8, 2019 death, the Division of Criminal Justice said.

The infant was rushed to the hospital that day after authorities found the child unresponsive during a 911 call, officials said.

The infant died at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital two days later.

The infant’s mother said she fed the child and then left the baby with Rodriguez while she went to work, officials said.

Rodriguez told investigators that the child was fine in the morning, but he called 911 in the afternoon when he found her face down in bed, according to authorities. Rodriguez described the infant as blue and cold to the touch when he called 911.

An autoposy by the office of the chief medical examiner determined the baby died from blunt impact injury to the head and neck. They ruled the death a homicide.

Rodriguez, who was the only with the infant before she died, denied hurting the baby, officials said.

Nicholas Rondinone can be reached at nrondinone@courant.com.