A West Haven father accused of squeezing his baby daughter and hurting her appeared in court on Monday and struggled to stay awake as a judge read terms of a protective order.
Police said they responded to the home on North Place after the 21-month-old baby girl’s mother called 911 at 1:20 a.m. on Monday to report he injured the child.
The mother told police that 34-year-old Lamar Heyward is addicted to PCP and put a pillow on top of the sleeping child, then picked her up and squeezed her tight against his chest.
The woman said she and a roommate couldn’t get Heyward to stop squeezing the baby as the child vomited.
When police arrived, Heyward was still holding the baby and squeezing her, police said.
Heyward refused to listen to police, who had to use force to get the baby away from Heyward, according to a news release.
The child was transported to Yale-Pediatric Hospital to be treated. Her injuries are minor, police said.
Heyward, who is on probation for stalking, breach of peace and other crimes, was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a child, reckless endangerment in the first degree, interfering with police and disorderly conduct.
Bond was set at $100,000 and he's due back in court in two weeks.
Officials said he has a criminal history dating back to 2007. More charges are possible.