BRISTOL, CT– State police said they arrested a Terryville, Connecticut woman in connection with the death of a 2-year-old.
Troopers said Rebekah Robinson, 31, faced a judge Wednesday in Bristol.
Court officials said she is not employed and is receiving state assistance. She also has two pending court cases involving operating a vehicle without a license and breach of peace.
Investigators said Robinson fell asleep with her daughter on Oct. 19, 2014. Plymouth police said the child was found unresponsive while in bed with Robinson just after 9 a.m. in their Terryville apartment, located above a pizza shop.
The victim was transported to Bristol Hospital where the child was pronounced dead around 9:30 a.m.
An autopsy report showed drugs were found in the girl’s system, including oxycodone and suboxone, which is a prescription medication used to treat adults addicted to opioid drugs and comes in strips.
Robinson reportedly told police she takes it because it gives her energy. She said she didn’t know how the child obtained it. Police found suboxone was never prescribed to Robinson.
The mother reportedly told police her daughter was vomiting that night, which is why she brought her into bed. The girl’s sibling called 911.
Neighbors said they remember seeing the little girl playing outside and many said they were not surprised her mother is being held responsible.
“I’ve seen the crime van, the major crime unit. They were over there for hours and hours and hours,” said Amie Willis, of Terryville. “It’s very unfortunate it happened like this but at least they found out the truth of what’s going on because all these other kids are at stake too now and have to grow up without parents.”
Troopers said at the time of the incident, there were three other children living in the home with the suspect. They were not hurt.
However, the arrest warrant said, “The home was found to be in deplorable condition with trash, clothes and mold food in several areas of the home. The home also had a strong odor of cat urine and feces.”
The warrant went on to say “on the bed there was a soiled diaper, the diaper was open and left on the bed.”
It also said the counters were covered with empty soda cans and bottles.
“The refrigerator contained several take out boxes and rotten vegetables that appeared mold covered,” it said. “The trash canister produced an overwhelming putrid order and fruit flies were emanating from within.”
Detectives from the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad said that after a lengthy investigation, they charged Robinson with first-degree manslaughter, four counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of tampering with a witness.
Troopers said Robinson is being held on a $750,000 bond.
She is due back in court on June 30 in New Britain.