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Fairfield Day Care Owner Arraigned In Shelton Baby's Death

Carol Cardillo was arraigned in court Thursday in connection with the death of a 4-month old Shelton boy in March at a day care facility she owns in Fairfield.
Carol Cardillo was arraigned in court Thursday in connection with the death of a 4-month old Shelton boy in March at a day care facility she owns in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A judge ordered the owner of an unlicensed Fairfield day care center to have no further contact with the family of a 4-month-old Shelton baby who died at her facility in March.

Carol Cardillo appeared before Superior Court Judge William Holden on Thursday. Michelle and Matthew Seagull, the Shelton couple whose baby, Adam, died at the day care center, were also in the courtroom.

Holden issued a protective order at the request of Senior Assistant State's Attorney Mary Card. Cardillo is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

On March 22, Fairfield police officers responded to 63 Edgewood Road to investigate the report of an unresponsive infant. The baby was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, where he was pronounced dead.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, listing the cause of death as acute diphenhydramine intoxication and ruling the death a homicide, police said. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that should not be administered to children under the age of 2, and should only be administered to children between the age of 2 and 4 after consultation with a doctor, police said.

After receiving the autopsy report, Fairfield detectives worked with the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and several medical professionals, determining there was probable cause to arrest Cardillo, police said.

Cardillo, who had operated an unlicensed daycare in her home for about 11 years, initially told officers she had given Adam a bottle around noon on March 22 and then put him down for a nap in a play crib, police said. 

When she went to check on him around 2:55 p.m., he was unresponsive, according to reports. Several attempts to revive the baby were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Cardillo was caring for eight children ranging in age from 4 months old to 4 years old on the day Adam died, and there were four adults at the home, police said. The daycare has been closed since the death.

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