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Toddler Who Wandered Out Of CT Laundromat Killed By Hit-Run Driver, Police Say Toddler Who Wandered Out Of CT Laundromat Killed By Hit-Run Driver, Police Say
Toddler Who Wandered Out Of CT Laundromat Killed By Hit-Run Driver, Police Say An alleged hit-and-run driver killed a 1-and-a-half-year-old girl after wandering outside of a Connecticut laundromat. The incident occurred in Hartford around 11 p.m., Monday, June 3, in the area of 36 New Britain Ave. According to Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police, officers responded to the area after the department received numerous 911 calls reporting a toddler struck by a vehicle. Officers located the child unresponsive in the roadway, Boisvert said. The toddler was rushed to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.  "It was determined t…
CT Child, 8, Struck By Vehicle CT Child, 8, Struck By Vehicle
CT Child, 8, Struck By Vehicle A child struck by a car in Connecticut escaped without injury. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 8:50 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, on Hall Avenue. According to Sgt. Michale Boothroyd of the Meriden Police, an officer, responded to the area and found an 8-year-old child had been struck but was showing no apparent signs of injury but did complain of pain. Boothroyd said the driver of the vehicle was also on the scene. The child was transported to an area hospital for observation.  The case is still under investigation, and any tips or information can be called into Officer E. …
Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home
Girl, 9, Rescued From Swimming Pool At Danbury Home A 9-year-old girl was rescued from a Fairfield County swimming pool by a bystander who administered first aid. The incident occurred in Danbury around 3 p.m., Sunday, May 25, at a home on Westwood Terrace. According to Erin Henry, spokesperson for the Danbury Fire Department, the girl, who was unconscious, was recovered from the backyard swimming pool by a bystander.  That person immediately administered first aid to the child, and by the time emergency services arrived, Henry said she was breathing on her own.  She was transported to the hospital by EMS. Followi…
'Just Send Me Something Sexy': CT Man Inappropriately Messaged 13-Year-Old, Police Say 'Just Send Me Something Sexy': CT Man Inappropriately Messaged 13-Year-Old, Police Say
'Just Send Me Something Sexy': CT Man Inappropriately Messaged 13-Year-Old, Police Say A Connecticut man has been arrested after he allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a 13-year-old boy for months over Instagram. The New Haven County man, 27-year-old Michael Bernaud of Astonia, was arrested on Wednesday, April 17, according to Connecticut State Police. Bernaud met his victim at a grand re-opening event at a restaurant (which the boy’s parents took him to) in December 2023, police said. The young teen then joined an Instagram group for fans of said restaurant, the name of which was not released by police to protect the victim’s identity.  It was then that the vi…
CT Teacher Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Students CT Teacher Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Students
CT Teacher Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Students A Connecticut middle school teacher has been charged with inappropriately touching students and making comments, An investigation began in February in Hartford Couty after three students reported that a Manchester school teacher was making comments and touching the students. The students of Illing Middle School said that the teacher, 58-year-old Floyd Gray of Hartford, touched them inappropriately and made comments while in class. All three students reported that Gray was their teacher, said Lt. Nick Reinert of the Manchester Police. Reinert said the students stated they were not in t…
New Details: 6-Year-Old CT Boy Killed In Go-Kart Crash New Details: 6-Year-Old CT Boy Killed In Go-Kart Crash
New Details: 6-Year-Old CT Boy Killed In Go-Kart Crash This story has been updated. A 6-year-old boy was killed in a go-kart crash at a Connecticut park. The incident occurred in New Haven County around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in Meriden, in the area of Kroneberger Park. According to Lt. Darrin McKay of the Meriden Police Department, officers responded after 911 callers reported that a child had been driving the go-kart and sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash. A preliminary investigation revealed that two boys, ages six and four, were in the go-kart. While driving in Kronenberger Park's parking lot, the go-k…
Norwalk 26-Year-Old Driving With Baby In Lap Nabbed With Drugs, Gun, Police Say Norwalk 26-Year-Old Driving With Baby In Lap Nabbed With Drugs, Gun, Police Say
Norwalk 26-Year-Old Driving With Baby In Lap Nabbed With Drugs, Gun, Police Say A 26-year-old Fairfield County man allegedly driving with a baby in his lap, was busted on gun and narcotics charges. The incident occurred in Norwalk around 11:50 a.m., Sunday, March 31 A Norwalk man was arrested on gun and narcotics charges while driving around Naud Rodriguez, of Norwalk, was charged after a Norwalk Police officer pulled him over for driving with an unsecured baby on his lap, said Sgt. Ryan Evarts of the Norwalk Police. When the officer spoke to Rodriguez he noticed there was no baby seat in the vehicle and a strong smell of marijuana, Evarts said. A search of the car l…
1-Year-Old CT Boy Killed By Family Dogs 1-Year-Old CT Boy Killed By Family Dogs
1-Year-Old CT Boy Killed By Family Dogs A 1-year-old Connecticut boy died after being attacked by two family dogs. The incident took place in East Hartford in a home on Fuller Avenue around 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13. According to East Hartford Police Officer Marc Caruso, officers responded to the home where they found the boy had been bitten several times by a dog. The police and fire department personnel on the scene performed lifesaving measures, and the child was transported to the hospital by ASM, Caruso said. The boy later died at the hospital, he added. Caruso said one dog was the main aggressor, but two dogs have been…
Millions Of Plastic Furniture Anchor Kits Recalled Due To Entrapment Hazard For Children Millions Of Plastic Furniture Anchor Kits Recalled Due To Entrapment Hazard For Children
Millions Of Plastic Furniture Anchor Kits Recalled Due To Entrapment Hazard For Children A massive recall of furniture tip kits and tip restraints sold across the country since 2019 are being recalled due to possible entrapment hazards to children, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. New Age Industries is recalling millions of products that feature plastic zip ties that can become brittle or break, potentially allowing a clothing storage unit believed to be anchored to the wall to detach, creating the potential for serious injuries or death to children. There have been two reports of New Age tip kits breaking, though no injuries have been reported as of …
CT Girl, 11, Escapes Man Stalking Her By Dashing Into Dunkin' Donuts, Police Say CT Girl, 11, Escapes Man Stalking Her By Dashing Into Dunkin' Donuts, Police Say
CT Girl, 11, Escapes Man Stalking Her By Dashing Into Dunkin' Donuts, Police Say A smart-thinking 11-year-old Connecticut girl dashed inside a Dunkin' Donuts to report she was being followed by an unknown man offering to buy her clothes and give her gum. The incident occurred in Hartford County in Manchester around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. According to Manchester Police Lt. Ryan Shea, a Dunkin' Donuts staff member called the police to report that a suspicious person was following a girl who came inside the store asking for help. Officers located the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Israel Santiago-Ortiz of Manchester, near Center Street and New Street, Shea …
CT Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself In Head While Playing With Gun: Police CT Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself In Head While Playing With Gun: Police
CT Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself In Head While Playing With Gun: Police A 14-year-old Connecticut boy was hospitalized with critical injuries after he was found at home with an accidentally inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.  The incident happened in Litchfield County on Saturday, Sept. 30 around 12:40 p.m., when Watertown Police responded to a residence in Oakville on Hadley Street, where a 14-year-old boy had been found bleeding from his head.  According to the department, the boy, who had been alone in the residence, had been discovered by his grandmother after she returned home, who quickly called 911 and reported that he had fallen…
Water Bead Toys Sold At Target Being Recalled After Infant Dies, Child Seriously Injured Water Bead Toys Sold At Target Being Recalled After Infant Dies, Child Seriously Injured
Water Bead Toys Sold At Target Being Recalled After Infant Dies, Child Seriously Injured One child is dead and a second required surgery after playing with a water bead toy that is now being recalled. Buffalo Games is recalling 52,000 "Chuckle & Roar Ultimate Water Beads Activity Kits" due to the potential risk that children could swallow them and face severe, potentially life-threatening consequences, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this week. If a water bead is ingested, it expands and can pose ingestion, choking and obstruction hazards inside a child's body, resulting in discomfort, dehydration, and the risk of death. The recalled toys were s…
New Update:  2 Missing Boys Who Drove Away From Mass Home In SUV, Spotted In CT, Found Safe New Update:  2 Missing Boys Who Drove Away From Mass Home In SUV, Spotted In CT, Found Safe
New Update: 2 Missing Boys Who Drove Away From Mass Home In SUV, Spotted In CT, Found Safe New update: Police announced Wednesday morning, June 28, that two 12-year-old Massachusetts boys who drove away from home in an SUV have been found safe in New York.  Authorities did not release any further information, including where they were found in New York.  Amari Siders and Zyaire Siders were last seen on Monday, June 26, and in Worcester County were believed to be driving a white Toyota 4Runner Highlander with Massachusetts license plate 4AN622, Southbridge Police said.  Original report: Police in Worcester County are asking for the public's help to find two missi…
Man Wearing Ski Mask Approaches 2 Girls In Fairfield, Police Say Man Wearing Ski Mask Approaches 2 Girls In Fairfield, Police Say
Man Wearing Ski Mask Approaches 2 Girls In Fairfield, Police Say Police in Fairfield County are investigating after two middle-school-aged girls reported a man in a white BMW-like car approached them wearing a ski mask. The incident took place in the town of Fairfield around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 on Collingwood Avenue. According to Fairfield Police Lt. Michael Paris, the department received a 911 call from a resident reporting that the two girls had run to his home "very upset." They described an encounter with a man driving a vehicle while they were walking home from the school bus, Paris said. Patrol officers responded immediately to the …
Police Search For Hit-Run Driver Who Crashed Into Boy Running From Yard In Fairfield County Police Search For Hit-Run Driver Who Crashed Into Boy Running From Yard In Fairfield County
Police Search For Hit-Run Driver Who Crashed Into Boy Running From Yard In Fairfield County The Connecticut State Police are searching for a driver who hit a child in Fairfield County and then fled the scene. The incident took place in New Fairfield around 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 on d. According to state police, a boy ran out of his yard and into the roadway where he was struck by what police believe was a Honda. The black car with tinted windows kept traveling northbound and left the scene, state police said. Minor injuries were reported by the boy, state police added. Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact Trooper Jamie Olsowy of Troop A at&…
Concerned Citizen Scares Away Men In Van Who Approached Girl In Fairfield County, Police Say Concerned Citizen Scares Away Men In Van Who Approached Girl In Fairfield County, Police Say
Concerned Citizen Scares Away Men In Van Who Approached Girl In Fairfield County, Police Say Police in Fairfield County are searching for two men in a white van who allegedly attempted to get a 12-year-old girl to get into their van. The incident took place in Old Greenwich on Monday, Aug. 22, around 3 p.m. in the area of Sound Beach Avenue and Center Drive. Officers were sent on the report of a suspicious incident involving a white van.  It was reported that a 12-year-old girl was walking in the area of Sound Beach Avenue and Center Drive when a white van with two men stopped alongside her and asked her to get into the van, said Capt. Mark Zuccerella, of the Greenwich Police…
Recall Issued For Nine-Drawer Chests Sold At Costco Due To Entrapment Hazards Recall Issued For Nine-Drawer Chests Sold At Costco Due To Entrapment Hazards
Recall Issued For Nine-Drawer Chests Sold At Costco Due To Entrapment Hazards More than 5,000 chests of drawers that were sold at Costco locations have been recalled due to entrapment hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. Samson International recalled about 5,400 of its Universal Broadmoore Cayden Gentleman’s nine-drawer chests on Thursday, July 7, according to an announcement on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. The company has received one report of a tip-over incident involving a 10-year-old, the report said.  The recalled products were sold at Costco Wholesale Warehouses across the US and online here from …
Search Intensifies For CT Man Wanted For Shooting 2-Year-Old Search Intensifies For CT Man Wanted For Shooting 2-Year-Old
Search Intensifies For CT Man Wanted For Shooting 2-Year-Old As a 2-year-old boy continues to improve after being shot in the torso, police are intensifying their search for alleged suspect. The child was shot in New Haven County in Waterbury on Tuesday, June 21 at 99 Pinecrest Drive. Police identified the shooter as 20-year-old Kharis Samuels, of Waterbury, said the Lt. Ryan Bessette of the Waterbury Police Department. On Thursday, June 23, Bessette says there have been no sightings of Samuels, but "thankfully the child continues to improve." The shooting took place when Samuels was showing a gun to other people in the home when it discharged, str…
Woman's Quick Actions Save Drowning Child In Fairfield County, Police Say Woman's Quick Actions Save Drowning Child In Fairfield County, Police Say
Woman's Quick Actions Save Drowning Child In Fairfield County, Police Say A Fairfield County woman is credited with saving the life of a child after she pulled the girl from a community swimming pool. The incident took place in Trumbull at the Ten Apartments, 100 Oakview Drive on Thursday, June 9. The victim, a 5-year-old Trumbull girl, was found unresponsive in the water at about 6 p.m. and was pulled out of the water, said Lt. Brian Weir, of the Trumbull Police.  A bystander at the pool saw what was occurring, immediately stepped in to help, and began doing CPR and rescue breathing on the girl, Weir said. A short time later, the …
Duo Accused Of Pointing Paintball Gun At Children Waiting For Buses In Fairfield County Duo Accused Of Pointing Paintball Gun At Children Waiting For Buses In Fairfield County
Duo Accused Of Pointing Paintball Gun At Children Waiting For Buses In Fairfield County Two people were arrested after police said they pointed a paintball gun at children who were waiting for buses in Fairfield County. On the morning of Tuesday, May 31, police received numerous that two male suspects in a vehicle were pointing a weapon at children while they waited for buses, according to the City of Danbury Police Department.  Officers quickly found the vehicle and arrested the two individuals, police said. The suspects' identities were not announced.  Police said more details about the incident will be released. This is a developing story. Check back to Daily V…
Fairfield County Child Seriously Burned While Playing With Gas, Police Said Fairfield County Child Seriously Burned While Playing With Gas, Police Said
Fairfield County Child Seriously Burned While Playing With Gas, Police Said A child was seriously burned while playing with gasoline along with a group of other kids in Fairfield County. The incident took place in Bridgeport around 3:50 p.m., Sunday, April 24, said Scott Appleby, director of emergency management for Bridgeport. Bridgeport fire and police were dispatched to Louisiana Avenue on a report of a child burned, Appleby said. The child was immediately transported to Bridgeport Hospital burn unit by AMR personnel.  Preliminary reports indicate that up to four unattended children were seen playing with gasoline and lighting objects on fire, Appleby sai…
Police Identify 4-Year-Old Girl Who Died In CT Farm Tractor Accident Police Identify 4-Year-Old Girl Who Died In CT Farm Tractor Accident
Police Identify 4-Year-Old Girl Who Died In CT Farm Tractor Accident Police have identified a 4-year-old girl who died after becoming trapped under a slice seeder that was attached to a farm tractor in Connecticut. Ellie Kuslis was identified as the child who died in the incident on a Litchfield County field, located on Barnes Road in Watertown, on Saturday, April 23, according to the Watertown Police Department. Police said the tractor, which was being operated by Ellie's father, was stationary when the incident happened, but the seeder remained engaged. Ellie was pronounced dead after the Watertown Police and Fire Departments arrived at the scene at about…
Recall Issued For Pain Relief Product Due To Risk Of Poisoning Recall Issued For Pain Relief Product Due To Risk Of Poisoning
Recall Issued For Pain Relief Product Due To Risk Of Poisoning Federal officials are pulling select pain relief products from store shelves after being alerted to the possible risk of poisoning young children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced that Telebrands is recalling Hempvana pain relief products with lidocaine due to the failure to meet child-resistant packaging requirements. Recalled Hempväna Ultra Strength Pain Relief Cream Turmeric with LidocaineCPSC According to CPSC, the products contain the substance lidocaine which must be in child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The pa…
Magnetic Toys Recalled Over Ingestion Concerns Magnetic Toys Recalled Over Ingestion Concerns
Magnetic Toys Recalled Over Ingestion Concerns Thousands of magnetic toys sold by an online retailer are being recalled due to a potential hazard it could cause in children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that more than 4,000 cases of magnetic Boxine blocks sold at tonies.com are being recalled due to concerns they could be swallowed and cause additional complications. “When two or more high-powered magnets are swallowed, either intentionally by younger children or accidentally by older children, the ingested magnets can attract to each other, or to another metal object, and become lodged in the digestive system…
Separate Recalls Issued For Kids' Bicycles, ATVs, Helmets Separate Recalls Issued For Kids' Bicycles, ATVs, Helmets
Separate Recalls Issued For Kids' Bicycles, ATVs, Helmets A national recall has been announced for several products designed and marketed for kids that could pose a safety risk to children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert regarding recalled bicycles, youth-branded ATVs, and helmets that are not in compliance with federal standards. Specifically, these products were subject to recall: Commencal Ramones 14-Inch Kids’ Bicycles (due to a crash hazard); EGL Motor EGL and ACE-branded Youth All-Terrain Vehicles (due to risk of serious injury or death); Segway Ninebot Children’s Bicycle Helmet (due to risk of head inju…
Vehicle Stolen With Child Inside In Fairfield County Recovered By Police Vehicle Stolen With Child Inside In Fairfield County Recovered By Police
Vehicle Stolen With Child Inside In Fairfield County Recovered By Police A stolen BMW with a child inside in Fairfield County was quickly recovered by police. The incident took place Thursday, March 24, in Greenwich at 1340 E Putnam Ave. The stolen car had a child under 13 years of age inside, said Captain Mark Zuccerella, of the Greenwich Police said.  Several police units flooded the area and located the BMW in front of the Hyatt Hotel at 1700 East Putnam Ave., Zuccerella said. "The child was inside the vehicle when located and not harmed and reunited with the parent," he said. The thief was described as being a Black man wearing a green jacket, Zuccer…
Home Invasion Suspect Pistol Whips Boy In Fairfield County, Police Say Home Invasion Suspect Pistol Whips Boy In Fairfield County, Police Say
Home Invasion Suspect Pistol Whips Boy In Fairfield County, Police Say A 13-year-old Connecticut boy suffered serious head and face injuries after a man forced his way into a home. The incident took place in Fairfield County around 10:45 a.m., Friday, March 11, at a residence on Wildman Street in Danbury. When police arrived on the scene, the youth told officers that a white man forced his way in after answering his front door, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money, said Det. Lt. Mark Williams,  of the Danbury Police. When the youth failed to comply, the man repeatedly struck him in the head and face with the handgun, Williams said. The sus…
Woman Charged After Crash Sends Five To Hospital, CT State Police Say Woman Charged After Crash Sends Five To Hospital, CT State Police Say
Woman Charged After Crash Sends Five To Hospital, CT State Police Say A New England woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly driving under the influence and causing a crash in Connecticut that injured five, including two children, state police announced. On Halloween night last year in New London County, state police troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Pendleton Hill Road in the town of North Stonington that injured a 4, 5, 65, and a 78-year-old, as well as the driver, Mackenzie Balicki, age 26, of Westerly, Rhode Island. According to police, the investigation determined that Balicki failed to stay in her lane, crossed over the double yellow li…
8-Year-Old Found After Going Missing From Airbnb In New England Where His Family Was Staying 8-Year-Old Found After Going Missing From Airbnb In New England Where His Family Was Staying
8-Year-Old Found After Going Missing From Airbnb In New England Where His Family Was Staying An 8-year-old boy who was reported missing from an Airbnb where his parents were staying in Western Massachusetts has been located, state police announced. Shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Monterey Police Department in Berkshire County requested assistance from the Massachusetts State Police with a search for an 8-year-old boy who had been reported missing. Police said that the child was missing since approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning from an Airbnb house that he was staying at with his family. The search involved members from: State Police-Lee Barracks; Lieutena…
Child Swallows Flashlight Battery Prompting Recall, CPSC Says Child Swallows Flashlight Battery Prompting Recall, CPSC Says
Child Swallows Flashlight Battery Prompting Recall, Cpsc Says Five models of projector flashlights are being recalled because the manufacturer has received reports of children accessing the button cell batteries and in one case swallowing them. The child who swallowed the battery manufactured by Halo, the company issuing the recall, required surgery to remove it, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Halo says the models include its Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Avengers, and ESPN projector flashlights. They have a key chain on one end and a flashlight projector on the other end. The flashlights were part of a Disney-branded care pack…
CT Officials Caution About Cannabis Look-Alike Products Before Halloween CT Officials Caution About Cannabis Look-Alike Products Before Halloween
CT Officials Caution About Cannabis Look-Alike Products Before Halloween State officials in Connecticut are cautioning parents to be wary of cannabis edibles to ensure that no children have a bad trip on Halloween. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is warning the public about cannabis edibles and hemp derivatives in packaging designed to look like well-known snack foods and candy that could intentionally or accidentally be slipped to trick-or-treaters. In some instances, instead of “Chips Ahoy,” the THC items are dubbed “Trips Ahoy,” while “Oreos” are packaged as “Stoneos.” Related story - School District Warns Of THC-Laced Cookies Packaged As Br…