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Police: Naugatuck Teen Abused Her Baby

Naugatuck police have charged the girl with first-degree assault and other crimes.

Editor's Note: The child is a boy. We originally reported the child was a girl. We regret the error and fixed it as soon as we learned of it. 

A 19-year-old Naugatuck girl is accused of physically abusing her 4-month-old son, police say.

Alexandria Valentine, who lives in the Southwood Apartments at 933 Rubber Ave., is accused of shaking her baby to the point where the baby had bleeding on the brain and severe injuries from suspected abuse, police said. The child was treated at Waterbury Hospital and the Hartford Children’s Medical Center, where the child was still hospitalized on Friday.

Police began the investigation on Nov. 1 after learning that Valentine had abused her child. The child was found bruised and unresponsive and was treated by emergency personnel. Doctors later found that someone had caused the abuse, and Valentine admitted to shaking the baby out of frustration, police said. (See follow up here.) 

Valentine was charged by warrant with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. She is released on a $50,000 non-surety bond and was arraigned today at Waterbury superior Court.

getta November 13, 2012 at 05:55 AM
So heartbroken. I'm not sure who is claiming to be family members but it sounds like u know a lot about her past when really u don't know the half of it. I am in disbelief. I don't want to believe it but right now facts are facts. There is no excuse in the world that can excuse this kind of behavior on an innocent baby. Unfortunately her mother wasn't very much of a role model with her own mental health issues and she might have passed those genes down. I feel so bad for this innocent baby. He deserves a chance at life. No matter how frustrated why she would think its ok to shake this baby is beyond me. I wish she would have used her support system and picked up the phone to call someone. I also know that she is young and inexperienced being a mother. Babies shouldn't be having babies. With that being said a part of me can see her admitting to something someone else said she did or doubtin her parenting skills because she is inexperienced. What's done is done though. She admitted to this crime so now she has to pay the price. Hopefully this innocent baby has a chance at a normal life without any lasting effects. Right now he deserves to be with a loving family member. He has been through enough. He is a fighter and has been doing great despite everything this little guy has been through. We are all optimistic that he will pull through and have a great life. Only GOD can judge and everything is in his hands when the time comes.
Stephs November 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
@snoopy the abuse ally suffered was sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, according to her mother.
Stephs November 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM
@getta i totally agree with your post. Ive known her family, her moms family, very well for years. Im in disbelief as well. Ive watched Ally grow up and never ever in a million years would i have ever saw this coming. So many things turn my stomach here, primarily that this innocent baby who already had overcome so many obstacles, including his own birth, and still had many more to go, was hurt by the very person who should be keeping him safe.....and also that the little girl that I watched grow up could be capable of doing such an act. I lve asked the question "why couldnt she just have picked up the phone and called someone?" a million times. I've cried for her poor innocent son, I've cried for her, and her parents and family...i am keeping all of them in my prayers....
getta November 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
@stephs For myself being a family member as well I've watched ally grow. No doubt she has been through one hell of a life with the sexual abuse and had to grow up with such an unstable environment. I am still in disbelief. I wish she would have called me. I pray everyday that she didn't do this. The baby is doing well And hopefully has no lasting effects. Having kids of my own I would do anything to keep them safe. I'm just so upset because its so close to home and no baby deserves what this baby has been through. It just makes me so sad. I would have done anything to help ally and the baby. I never saw any signs of instability on her part. I thought she was actually doing something with her life and getting on her feet with her own apartment and having a job. I just have no answer as to why?! I keep trying to figure it out but no one will ever know.
Stephs November 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
@getta, i probably know you too....i too thought the same thing, that she was getting on her feet, last time i saw her was at her job right before he came home and she was so excited about that...and her new apartment...i gave her a hug and a kiss before i left and said "call me if you need anything" She said ok, and i wish she had. I agree , i never saw any outward signs of instability...i read all these comments and im certainly not condoning what she did, but i guess if anything i just want people to know that prior to all this, Ally wasnt some insane psychopath or "evil" as i read, NOTHING EXCUSES WHAT SHE DID , but the Ally ive known since birth was neither of those things. I do wish that her mom had gotten her some help for what she'd gone through, though, maybe then, she would have worked through alot of it and been in a better place , mentally.....my heart breaks for that baby, and for her too

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