Authorities in Connecticut say a 24-year-old babysitter has been charged with assaulting a young child’s mother then dumping an infant in the trash.
According to The New Haven Register, the eight-month-old girl was found abandoned and injured — but alive — in a dumpster outside of a New Haven apartment complex on Monday.
The baby remains hospitalized in stable condition and is being treated for burns to her hands.
Connecticut police have since arrested and charged babysitter Andiana Velez in connection with the infant in the trash, The Daily Voice reported.
As of 3:30 p.m. officers remained on scene and had by then located the child’s mother, he said.New Haven Register
In total, Velez faces charges of risk of injury to a child, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.
Although the babysitter has been charged with leaving the infant in the trash, Connecticut police have said they are not sure how the baby’s hands were burned as of yet.
Police allege Velez assaulted the baby’s 21-year-old mother earlier that day, who they are in contact with about the baby’s condition and treatment.
After the alleged assault, police claimed Velez dumped and abandoned the infant in a dumpster.
New Haven Police and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families are continuing to investigate the incident, police said.The Daily Voice
Police have not specified a potential motive in the case as of yet.
New Haven, Connecticut Mayor Justin Elicker decried the infant being dumped in the trash and the alleged behavior of the babysitter.
“As a father, it is unthinkable for someone to do this to a child,” Elicker told the New Haven Register.
According to NBC affiliate WVIT, a group of maintainence workers at the apartment complex were the first to find the child.
One of the maintenance workers who found her said the child was shivering when he took her from the dumpster.
“Beautiful baby. From the looks if her — I have a baby of my own — I can tell someone took care of her and loved her,” witness Rick Chardon said WVIT. “She looked very healthy. Very healthy baby. She just has been through a lot of trauma however long this took.”
“You can tell she was freezing, freezing in that trash can,” Chardon said of the infant, according to CBS affiliate WFSB.
Babysitter Velez is due in Connecticut court on Tuesday for charges linked to the infant being left in the trash. She is being held on $250,000 bail.
It was not clear if she had yet retained an attorney available to comment on the charges against her.
While detectives determined that Velez put the baby in the dumpster, investigators have not yet determined who is responsible for the child’s injuries.