STAMFORD, Conn. -- The owner of a Stamford daycare center charged with manslaughter in the death a 2-month old New Canaan baby in her care pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Superior Court in Stamford, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Nydia Carrillo-Maldonado, 34, who was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of Bella Redondo of New Canaan, made a brief appearance before Judge Auden Grogins, where her bond was kept at $200,000, said the Advocate.
On July 20, Stamford EMS rushed the girl, who was having difficulty breathing, from the daycare center at 48 Wardwell St. at 3 p.m. to Stamford Hospital. She was declared dead at about 6:20 p.m. Her death was later ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head by the medical examiner.
Stamford police then began an investigation of Carrillo-Maldonado, the owner of the Little Bears Daycare.
Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin and Lt. Diedrich Hohn said the case had been a main focus in the department.
“This case was the department's top priority for the last several weeks,” Conklin and Hohn said in a joint statement. “Investigators worked tirelessly to bring the person responsible for the death of a defenseless 2-month-old infant to justice and to assist in restoring the sanctity to the daycare profession.”
Conklin and Hohn said the case is ongoing, and they hope the case brings closure to the baby’s family.
Carrillo-Maldonado, is set to appear in court again Aug. 25.