Could Connecticut Police Have Prevented The Death Of Three-Year-Old Athena Angeles? A Lawsuit Claims Local Police Knew She Was Being Abused And Did Nothing

Trisha Faulkner - Author

Oct. 12 2016, Updated 10:43 a.m. ET

A $25 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut claims the death of three-year-old Athena Angeles should have been prevented as local police knew she was being neglected and abused, but did nothing about it.

The Washington Post reports that three-year-old Athena Angeles from Connecticut had two black eyes and a swollen face when she walked into a doctor’s clinic on October 18, 2011. According to court documents, the child had been punched in the face.

Roughly a month later, according to The Washington Post, this same three-year-old girl from Connecticut showed up to her preschool with bruises on her face, lips, and left nostril. The next day, she came to school with even more bruises on her face.

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It was at roughly 1:30 a.m. on November 23, 2011, that little Athena was taken to the hospital because she had a fever – along with lacerations on the back of her head that required several staples. On that day, the court records revealed the child had been shoved in a sink. The child was treated at the hospital and went back home.

Just 18 hours later, the three-year-old little girl from Connecticut was rushed back to the hospital because she was in cardiac arrest. She had bruises all over her abdomen and she was bleeding internally. Court records revealed the three-year-old from Connecticut had been punched in her stomach and rib cage.

This was the day three-year-old Athena Angeles from Connecticut died.

Given how many times this three-year-old girl had shown up at preschool with injuries and been rushed to the hospital or doctors with injuries far worse than a three-year-old should suffer from, why didn’t the police do anything? Why didn’t protective services step in?


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