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Mom Arrested in Connection With Baby's Death

Mom Arrested in Connection With Baby's Death

A 27-year-old Hartford mother who was charged in connection with the death of her 1-year-old son, forgot the baby in a tub with the water running, according to court documents released Friday.

The child, Antonio Armando Delgado Jr., was found unconscious in the bathtub on Elmer Street in July, just four days after his first birthday, and later died.

His mother, Tamara Santana, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

According to court documents, Santana told police she took a shower and then washed her 1-year-old in the shower with her, before placing the boy on the floor of the tub and getting out to dry herself off.  She told officers she then walked out of the bathroom and checked Facebook for about 5 minutes.  It was then that she told police she heard water running and ran back into the bathroom to find the baby face down in the water, according to court documents.

The baby's father told officers he woke up from a nap, heard the water running and found the child unconscious in the tub while Santana was in the kitchen.  He has not been charged.

Santana has been in prison on unrelated charges. When she appeared in court on Friday for the newest charges, bond was set at $600,000.

Her public defender called it "academic."

Police said both of Antonio's parents were home when the incident happened and tried to drive the boy to the hospital, but stopped for help when they saw firefighters on Sigourney Street.

The fire crew began CPR on the baby and then rushed him to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, but the child had suffered life-threatening injuries and was removed from life support.

The office of the medical examiner's office has not determined the cause of death.