Father pleads guilty to risk of injury

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BY BRUNO MATARAZZO JR.

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

NAUGATUCK — A 40-year-old father arrested last year for injuring his infant child for not drinking from a bottle pleaded guilty on March 8 to one count of risk of injury and faces a maximum of three years in prison.

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Steven Elliott, 40, of Naugatuck accepted a plea deal at Waterbury Superior Court where he pleaded guilty to the single felony charge.

He will be sentenced to eight years in prison, suspended after three years.

Elliott’s attorney Amy Zurlo will have the opportunity to argue for up to one year in prison at his sentencing.

Elliott has been held on $1 million bond since his arrest by Naugatuck police on June 14.

Last year, the new father became angry at his son over not drinking his bottle of formula because the baby was falling asleep, Deputy State’s Attorney Thai Chhay said in court.

Elliott told police he struck the victim in the head with a bottle of formula about three or four times. Elliott then slammed the back of the child’s head on his knee, according to the police report.

The infant child was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where he was treated for serious injuries.

Elliott was initially charged with intentional cruelty to a person, risk of injury to child, reckless endangerment first-degree, assault first-degree and disorderly conduct.

Judge Joseph Schwartz set the sentencing for June 23.

He said the date would allow time for the child to  visit a neurologist.