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Mother of two shot and killed by boyfriend in New Haven, police say

Police said the couple's 1-year-old child was with them at the time. The baby is safe.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — New Haven police have confirmed a man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman Monday morning. The couple's one-year-old child was with them at the time and is now in safe hands. 

New Haven Police public information officer Capt. Anthony Duff said the shooting happened at 9:19 AM in the area of Clifton Street and Lenox Street. 

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as 28-year-old Alessia Mesquita. Police said she was a mother of two. 

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Rashad Newton. He was found with his son by officers on Eastern Street and gave himself up peacefully.

Mesquita was Newton's girlfriend.

Police had issued a silver alert for the child but later canceled it.

The child was taken to the hospital was not injured, police said. 

Officials praised community members who helped police locate the child and suspect extremely fast.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.


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