The arrest warrant in the case against a former Norwalk day care owner charged with five felony counts of risk of injury to a minor was unsealed Friday, and it offers new details about the allegations against her.
Christine Limone was charged in relation to a Connecticut state police investigation that began in October 2016 when a 4-month-old child died in her care.
On the day in question, Limone had five children at Littlest Angels day care, which she ran out of her home in Norwalk.
The warrant says she put the victim down around noon, then found the infant unresponsive in the crib an hour and a half later.
The medical examiner ruled the child died from “sudden unexpected infant death.”
“Whenever there is the death of a child, it is a tragic, tragic incident,” says Frank Riccio, Limone’s laywer. “But the arrest warrant affidavit also shows that the young infant child passed away for reasons other than anything related to Ms. Limone.”
The warrant alleges Limone put every child in her care at risk that day. It says Limone allowed her only assistant to leave, creating an over-capacity situation.
It also alleges that during that time, Limone left the children unsupervised when she went to another portion of the home to send sexually explicit pictures and emails; the last occurring less than two minutes before she discovered the infant unresponsive.
“If what is included in that arrest warrant affidavit is accurate, then the defense will be that nothing contained therein constitutes the commission of a crime,” says Riccio.
A Department of Children and Families report, cited by the warrant, concluded that Limone’s neglect contributed to the child’s death. Police also listed a number of child safety hazards they observed at the day care.
Limone is set to appear in court in Norwalk later this month. Her attorney says the case will be transferred, likely to Stamford, because she’s the Norwalk mayor’s daughter.
Source: CONNECTICUT NEWS 12