Man charged in con­nec­tion to still­born in­fant

Ma­jor Crime Squad gains con­fes­sion

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - NEWS - By Ben Lam­bert Reach Ben Lam­bert at wil­liam.lam­bert@hearst­medi­act.com.

TORRINGTON — A Bris­tol man charged in con­nec­tion with the March re­cov­ery of an in­fant’s body in a Har­win­ton reser­voir was ar­raigned Fri­day in Su­pe­rior Court in Torrington.

Ben­jamin R. Edgerly, 21, of 168 Moody St., Bris­tol, was ar­rested Fri­day and charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit il­le­gal con­ceal­ment of de­liv­ery and vi­o­la­tion of re­quire­ment for dis­posal of a dead body, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Edgerly al­legedly dropped the body of the de­ceased in­fant into the Bris­tol Reser­voir #4 in Har­win­ton on March 20, where the in­fant was re­cov­ered by city Wa­ter Depart­ment em­ploy­ees on the fol­low­ing day, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit.

Edgerly was act­ing on the be­half of a 19-year-old woman, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The woman told po­lice she gave birth to the still­born child on March 13.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, she and Edgerly de­ter­mined they would put the baby’s re­mains into the nearby river.

“Edgerly ad­mit­ted ver­bally and later in a vol­un­tary sworn writ­ten state­ment that he drove to the lake in the woods where he even­tu­ally dis­posed of the in­fant,” said De­tec­tive Jamie Pearston of the Con­necti­cut State Po­lice Western District Ma­jor Crime Squad in the af­fi­davit.

The child was de­ter­mined to be 41 weeks to 42 weeks old in ges­ta­tional age by the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Dr. An­gela McGuire of the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice de­ter­mined the cause of death to be “in­trauter­ine fe­tal demise due to acute chorioam­nioni­tis with fu­nis­tis,” which refers to an in­flam­ma­tion of the fe­tal mem­branes due to a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion and in­flam­ma­tion of the con­nec­tive tis­sue of the um­bil­i­cal cord, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The woman was de­ter­mined to be the baby’s mother, po­lice said.

Nei­ther Edgerly nor an­other man, whom the woman al­leged had raped her prior to her preg­nancy, was de­ter­mined to have been the baby’s fa­ther.

Edger­ley’s bail was re­duced from $100,000 to a prom­ise to ap­pear Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to court records. His case was con­tin­ued to Nov. 3.

Vi­o­la­tion of re­quire­ments for the dis­posal of a dead body is a Class D felony in Con­necti­cut.

Con­necti­cut State Po­lice

Edgerly

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