Rocky Hill Father Arrested After Death Of 1-Month-Old

A Rocky Hill man faces multiple charges after failing to seek medical treatment for his child Saturday night.

Divya Patel, 34, of Stonehill Road is charged with risk of injury to a minor and tampering with evidence.

Patel’s charges stem from an incident Saturday night that began with the child’s mother calling 911 just before 6:30 p.m.

State Police said the woman said her child was not breathing and was with the father in a vehicle parked at the Residence Inn on Cromwell Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located the mother, but not Patel and the child.

State police said the mother told them that Patel had left with the child in his vehicle. Police them made contact with Patel, who they said was uncooperative and would not tell them where he was.

Cellphone GPS information led police to believe that Patel was traveling between the Rocky Hill and Glastonbury area and after about 30 minutes, police said Patel returned to the Residence Inn parking lot and officers located the unresponsive child in his vehicle.

Police said officers immediately began rendering aid to the child, who was then taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. The child was later pronounced dead.

Police said Patel was aware that the child had died and did not render aid or seek emergency care.

Patel is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in New Britain on Monday.

Police said the investigation is still active and more charges against Patel are pending.

A Department of Children and Families spokesperson could not say whether the agency had been involved with the family before this incident.

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