A teenage father was arrested Wednesday, accused of biting his six-week-old daughter in an attempt to make her stop crying.
The state Department of Children and Families contacted police about suspected child abuse by 18-year-old Felipe Deaquino of Hope Street in Stamford. Police say he admitted he couldn’t get the baby to stop crying, and bit the side of her face make her stop.
The baby was taken to an area hospital with a large bruise on her face. At the hospital, doctors also found a burn mark on the baby’s palm. Police are trying to see if it’s a cigarette burn.
News 8 stopped by Deaquino’s home to get his side of the story, but no one came to the door. Neighbors say the news shocked them, and hope measures are taken to make sure Deaquino is unable to harm his child again.
“He has to learn a lesson,” said Larry Perlman, who lives in the apartment below Deaquino. “I think the only way to teach a lesson is to put him in jail, or not let him see his baby for a month, something to give him some situation where he understands what he did was wrong.”
Deaquino was arraigned Thursday in Stamford Superior Court. He’s charged with risk of injury to a minor, two counts of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
The father has been been released and is due back to court on February 10.