Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dad charged with manslaughter after alcohol found in blood of 5-month-old son during autopsy (Norwalk, Connecticut)

Notice that dad JORGE CHICLANA also has a history of domestic violence. Not a big surprise. Men who choke their wives are statistically very dangerous around their kids as we see here.

Father arrested after alcohol found in his infant son’s blood during autopsy
Posted 6:42 PM, May 19, 2015, by Tony Terzi, Updated at 06:43pm, May 19, 2015

NORWALK–Jorge Chiclana, 22, had no previous criminal record, but when his 5-month-old boy was found unresponsive in his crib last year, Chiclana’s now ex-wife, who was cleared of any wrongdoing, could think of no other suspect.

Five months after the May 16, 2014 death of Jacob Isaiah Chiclana, the state lab for toxicology issued a report saying the contents of the baby’s bottle contained 20 percent ethanol by weight, equivalent to 25 percent alcohol by volume, meaning a 50-proof cocktail.

“Police were looking into that and kept asking me if I saw him do it,” said Odalis Galarza, the baby’s mother. “I personally did not see him do that.”

She was referring to Chiclana, who was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a minor.

“I do know he made the bottle and, because it looked normal, I fed my son,” said Galarza. “You know, after three years of him doing this (making bottles), I would never have thought of ever looking into the bottles.”

Jorge Chiclana and Odalis Galarza have two children together. She says he swore up-and-down to her that he did not put alcohol in the baby’s bottle. But, his actions, she insists, said otherwise.

“He kept disappearing for short periods of time,” Galarza said. “He flew off to Puerto Rico. He kept changing his number every single time I gave the detective his new number.”

According to Galarza, her ex-husband started spray-painting a large toy inside their apartment the night before the baby’s death. Given the baby’s asthma, Galarza thought the paint fumes might be responsible for his death. But she didn’t want to question Chiclana too much on the matter because of an incident that happened just weeks before baby Jacob was born in December 2013.

He got upset and he choked me in front of the kids and that’s when the Department of Children and Families came into our lives the first time,” claims Galarza.

It was revealed today in court that Chiclana, who was apprehended by U.S. Marshals Monday at the Honeyspot Inn motel in Stratford, has a history of mental health issues. The manager of the motel told Fox CT Chiclana had been staying there for two or three days in a room that was reserved in his mother’s name.

Chiclana’s case was transferred to Stamford Superior Court, where he is next due to appear on June 2.

According to a police report, police seized three cans of Krylon spray paint and a fan that Chiclana said he was using for ventilation for the painting project.

Two days after the child died, Dr. Susan Williams of the chief medical examiner’s office stated that the infant appeared to have died by asphyxiation due to aspiration. However, the cause remained unknown until further toxicology tests were performed on the infant’s tissue samples and his lungs were examined.

On August 18, 2014, Norwalk investigators received information from the office of the chief medical examiner that the victim had alcohol in his liver tissue and urine consistent with a .04 blood alcohol content.

A week before Jacob’s death, there was a poisoning incident in their home involving their then 16-month-old toddler. The baby had ingested liquid incense, which Galarza said Chiclana poured into container he left within reach of the child.

On March 16 of this year, Norwalk police received autopsy reports saying alcohol was present in the blood liver, gastric contents and urine. The cause of death remained undetermined, as did the manner of death.

The medical examiner’s office determined the child’s lungs were clear and the child did not die of aspiration, as originally thought. The OCME said he most likely died due to the fact that the asthmatic child was placed faced face down in the crib, which could affect the child’s breathing, especially given the central nervous system was depressed due to the presence of alcohol.