Apr 1, 2016 5:04 PM
Manchester mother charged with child endangerment after death of her newborn
MANCHESTER - A Manchester mother whose baby died has been arrested on charges of child endangerment.
Prosecutors said Stephanie Camelo's 3-week-old baby was found dead inside her apartment on Kimball Street in October 2015. Friday, Camelo appeared in court for new and separate charges.
"She just looked all kinds of banged up, just a blank face," a man passing by said, as he watched Camelo being taken into custody. "I’m sorry, but if my child was in danger or dead like that, you wouldn’t act the way you act."
Neighbors did not want to be identified as they shared their first-hand accounts of Camelo’s arrest on Thursday.
People sat and documented what some say was a 3-hour ordeal, watching from their apartment building windows.
Camelo’s apartment was the scene of the investigation into the death of a newborn, who was later identified as Camelo’s youngest daughter.
Prosecutors in court echoed neighbors’ claims of police having to eventually break down Camelo's apartment door Friday morning, leading to her arrest.
"She ultimately stayed in her residence for over an hour," Manchester Police Prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said. "Officers had to force entry into her residence."
"Yes well I didn’t know that it was them," Camelo said. "I was in the back of the apartment."
The charges against Camelo for allegedly endangering two children are both lengthy and disturbing.
"Drinking, tripping with an infant in her arms, causing injury to the children, placing blankets on the child’s face and as you know all this came around when investigators were looking into a death," Pelletier said.
Court documents show that a blanket had been placed over the infant’s face on three separate occasions.
The state asked for a $10,000 cash bail. Only after Camelo said it would be impossible for her to hold a job and keep her apartment, the judge reduced bail to $2,000 cash or surety.
"Honestly the state dropped the ball on this one," an angry neighbor said. "Now they want to sit there and only give her $2,000 bail? We got people out here that like what, sell a bag of weed?, and they get more than $2,000 cash bail but she can kill a kid on $2,000?"
Camelo's trial date is set for May 10.