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Hartford man sentenced in death of infant daughter

A judge sentenced Edwin Babilonia to 20 years in prison for his role in the death of his 7-week-old daughter, Emily Babilonia, in Hartford in May 2018.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Note: Above video is from 2018.

Sharmese L. Walcott, Hartford State’s Attorney, announced Friday that Edwin Babilonia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspended after 15 years served, followed by five years of probation, for his role in the death of his 7-week-old daughter, Emily Babilonia, in Hartford in May 2018.

Babilonia, 29, formerly of Hartford, was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 29, 2022, of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Risk of Injury to a Minor.

According to trial testimony, during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018, Emily woke up and was crying incessantly. Babilonia and Ashley Perez-Rivera, the baby’s mother, took turns trying to console Emily. Babilonia then took the baby into the bathroom, where he attempted to console her, but recklessly shook Emily, causing a massive brain bleed and spinal cord injury

Later that morning, Babilonia and Perez-Rivera brought the baby to the hospital where her injuries were evaluated by physicians and a Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Emily passed away due to her injuries four days later. Both Babilonia and Perez-Rivera were interviewed and arrested for their involvement in the death of their daughter. Perez-Rivera has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to charges of Risk of Injury and Criminally Negligent Homicide for her role of failing to immediately seek medical care in the death of her daughter, and received a sentence of 10 years in prison, suspended after five years served, followed by five years of probation.

If you are aware of or suspect child abuse or neglect, contact your local police, or the state's care line, at 1-800-842-2288, where professionals can help answer your questions.

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