Babysitter jailed for blatant disregard for human life

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

police lights flashingA Connecticut woman remains in jail after maintenance workers at an apartment complex made a startling discovery in a garbage dumpster.

According to a police investigation, 24-year-old Andiana Velez was babysitting a friend's eight-month-old daughter when she got into an argument with the mother and assaulted the woman. She then fled with the baby and allegedly tossed the child into a dumpster at Presidential Village Apartments in New Haven and covered her with garbage.

Television station WSFB talked with Rick Chardon, the maintenance worker who heard the baby's cries and rescued the shivering child.

"I opened up the dumpster and was just shocked," he shares. "The baby was sitting in the dumpster and was crying. I just threw the blanket away, because every time I look at the blanket, I keep thinking about the baby."

Velez was arrested and charged with assault and reckless endangerment. Her bond was initially set at a quarter million dollars, but the judge at a second bond hearing determined, "The bond is appropriate in the amount of $500,000."

The baby girl had burns on both of her hands, and police are investigating how that happened.

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