Babysitter Charged In 19-Month-Old Boy’s Death

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Kinjal Patel. (Courtesy of New Haven Police Department)

Video report by Ayana Harry, Fox CT

Text by Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

NEW HAVEN — A 27-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 19-month-old boy she was babysitting.

Kinjal Patel was also charged with risk of injury. She remains in custody with bail set at $1 million.

The victim, Athiyan Sivakumar, was taken to the hospital Jan. 16 with a severely fractured skull, police said. He died Jan. 19 of blunt force and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police said Patel admitted that she became angry with the child while babysitting on Jan. 16 and forced him on the floor, causing him to hit his head.

The boy started to cry and convulse. Patel said she called the boy’s father and said the boy was injured. The father returned home and brought the boy to the hospital, police said.

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  • Mike C

    I am appaled at the balls your “reporter” had knocking on the parents of the victims door for a comment. What the hell is the matter with her? Does she have no respect for privacy or know no boundaries? She should be fired.

  • Stephanie

    Hard to read this. In 2008 my sisters 18 month old was killed by his sitter in CT. My nephew Elijah. She changed her story many many times on how it happened, So we will probably never know what REALLY happened. And she had her own kids. She was sentenced to only 16 years and every year she gets time taken off for "good behavior". Good behavior? Killing a baby? So she is being some what punished but shes also getting rewarded. I don't know what this world is coming to with people killing babies.

  • ohhell

    she will get what she deserves. don't people, rather you'd assume people know this, and that is a baby's only way of communicating is by crying. and every cry is expressive. you can tell the difference, for instance one is i'm hungry, one is i'm sleepy, one is i need a diaper change, there's i'm not feeling good and then they're the ones you just have to figure out, with a lot of love and patience. if they could tell you these things in the english language, they would. poor sweet baby.