Shelton mom charged after child left alone dies
A Shelton woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving her three children — all under the age of 6 — home alone, one of which was a 5-month-old child who later died at the hospital.
Jessyka Oliveira, 30, has been charged Tuesday, April 2, with three counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of interfering with a police officer in connection with the alleged incident that occurred in December 2018.
No other charges are expected in this case, according to local law enforcement.
“EMS and Shelton police were dispatched to a residence in the downtown area of Shelton for a medical call,” said Shelton Police Detective Christopher Nugent. “Medical attention was administered to a 5-month baby, who was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.”
Nugent said that Shelton police conducted an investigation into the incident and determined that, approximately two hours prior to the medical call, Oliveira left three children unattended at the residence for a short period of time. The children were all younger than the age of 6.
“Detectives also determined that Oliveira was not truthful during her initial interviews,” said Nugent.
According to an eight-page arrest warrant written by Detective Richard Bango, police and EMS were called to Oliveira’s Perry Avenue home about 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2018, for an unresponsive 5-month-old girl.
The warrant says Oliveira has three other children, two of whom were also home at the time — a 4-year-old and 1-year-old.
Oliveira told police she had put the baby, who had been congested with cold-like symptoms, in a bassinet to sleep about 9:30 a.m. She said she tended to the two other children as the baby slept, but checked on the infant about 11 a.m. and noticed she was blue, her eyes were dark and she wasn’t breathing.
An autopsy police received last month listed the cause of death as undetermined. A medical examiner told police he could not definitively say what caused her death — the respiratory virus, bronchopneumonia or pneumonia the baby contracted at the hospital.
An investigation found that two hours before the medical call, Oliveira left the three children alone in the residence for “a short period of time,” Nugent said. Detectives said Oliveira was untruthful during her initial interviews.
The warrant says Oliveira initially told police that earlier that day, she had a friend watch the three children as she took her oldest child, a 6-year-old, to school. However, when police questioned the friend, she said Oliveira had asked her to lie to them, and showed cops Facebook messages backing up her story.
She was released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond. She appeared at Derby Superior Court Wednesday, where Judge Peter McShane continued the case to April 16, at which point it may be transferred to Milford Superior Court, which handles more serious cases.
Oliveira was released after posting a $5,000 bond. She appeared at Derby Superior Court Wednesday, where Judge Peter McShane continued the case to April 16, at which point it may be transferred to Milford Superior Court, which handles more serious cases.
Ethan Fry contributed to this article.