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Stamford daycare operator facing manslaughter charge in court

December 19, 2018

STAMFORD-The woman accused of killing a two-month-old baby from New Canaan at her Stamford daycare two years ago is scheduled in court today and could make guilty pleas in the case.

Nydia Carrillo-Maldonado, 36, is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a child and will be facing jail time if she makes pleas in the case at the Stamford courthouse.

The New Canaan baby, Bella Redondo, had trouble breathing while at the Wardwell Street daycare — twice previously cited for health and safety violations — on July 12, 2016 and died at Stamford Hospital several hours later.

Her death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma to the head.

The parents told police the baby was in good health when she was dropped off at the daycare located on the on the second floor of a multifamily home, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on the morning she died, police at the time said.

Medics responded shortly after 3 p.m. that day after the baby had trouble breathing. The medics found evidence of head trauma in addition to the breathing issues, police said.

The baby was taken to Stamford Hospital where she stopped breathing, police said. Doctors tried for hours to resuscitate her before pronouncing the infant dead at 6:20 p.m. that night.

The state Department of Children and Families and the state Office of Early Childhood investigated the daycare in the days following the baby’s death. Carrillo-Maldonado surrendered her license after the state suspended it right after the death.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com