New Haven Parents Charged In Connection To Child’s Death

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Thenmozhi Rajendran, 24, left, and Mani Sivakumar, 33, were charged with risk of injury to a child and interfering with police. (Courtesy of New Haven Police)

NEW HAVEN — Police have arrested the parents of a 19-month-old boy who was fatally injured by his baby sitter on Jan. 16, police said.

The baby’s mother, Thenmozhi Rajendran, 24, and his father, 33, Mani Sivakumar, each of 77 Weybosset Street in New Haven, have been charged with risk of injury to a child and interfering with police.

They turned themselves in at police headquarters. Details of their arrest are not yet available.

The prime suspect in the boy’s death is 27-year-old Kinjal Patel. She admitted to police that she became angry with the child while caring for him on Jan. 16 and forced him on the floor, causing him to hit his head, police said.


Kinjal Patel. (Courtesy of New Haven Police Department)

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.

Police were called to the hospital where doctors told officers the boy’s injuries were life-threatening, and the family’s home on Weybosset Street was immediately secured as a potential crime scene, police said.

The boy died Jan. 19 of blunt force trauma, and his death was ruled a homicide, police said.

Patel is charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor. She was arraigned Monday at Superior Court in New Haven where her bail was set at $1 million.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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