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  • Funeral Planned For 23-Month-Old 'Pepe'

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    MERIDEN, Conn. -- Hours after police made an arrest in the death of a Meriden toddler, the little boy’s friends and family remembered him at his wake.

    Police arrested 22-year-old Daniel Caban Saturday night in connection with the death of Pedro “Pepe” Garcia III.

    Caban is the boyfriend of Pedro’s mother, and was charged with risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at $200,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

    Members of the Meriden Fire Department were called to a Gilbert Road home Tuesday for reports of a 23-month-old child who was not responsive.

    Pedro was taken to Mid-State Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    An autopsy was performed and the medical examiner ruled Pedro’s death a homicide. The medical examiner said the child had a serious injury to his abdomen area, but it was unclear whether the injury happened the day he died, or if it happened before, causing complications and later causing death.

    Pedro was remembered at a wake on Sunday, and the boy's funeral was planned for Monday.

    Neighbors told Eyewitness News Caban lived in a Gilbert Road apartment with Pedro and the boy’s mother, Vivianna. Neighbor’s said Vivianna’s three other young children also lived in the apartment.

    “I’ve known him, he’s a real cool guy,” said Jeffrey Gonzalez. “I knew the little kid too, he was in my house two days before he died. I was in shock and never thought something like this would happen.”

    Neighbors said it seemed as though Caban and Vivianna and her family all got along. They said Vivianna and Caban had lived together for at least a year.

    “It’s hard to believe because he wasn’t that kind of person, he never smoked, drank, he was like a peaceful guy, but I don’t know what he did,” Gonzalez said.

    Eyewitness news went to Caban’s parent’s apartment, where the family said they had no comment.
    It's always the "quiet" ones who do something this stupid, huh?

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    Stories like this really erk me. I almost don't have words to say. I hope he gets the death penalty. God bless the baby's family.
    "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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    • #3
      Sounds like the homicide would have been too difficult to prove.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by az4code23 View Post
        Stories like this really erk me. I almost don't have words to say. I hope he gets the death penalty. God bless the baby's family.
        Posts like this irk me. Obviously, there is some reason he was arrested, but come on! There is nothing in this story to indicate he's even the guy. Could have been the mom or one of the other kids. Maybe the kid fell and it wasn't obvious he was seriously injured at first. Two-year-olds fall all the time. Don't see why you're calling for the death penalty when there hasn't even been a trial yet. Still could have lots more info come out.
        If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

        ---Jack Handey

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        • #5
          Originally posted by School Cop View Post
          Posts like this irk me. Obviously, there is some reason he was arrested, but come on! There is nothing in this story to indicate he's even the guy. Could have been the mom or one of the other kids. Maybe the kid fell and it wasn't obvious he was seriously injured at first. Two-year-olds fall all the time. Don't see why you're calling for the death penalty when there hasn't even been a trial yet. Still could have lots more info come out.
          You would understand if a story similar to this hit close to home. Nuff said.
          "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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          • #6
            http://www.wfsb.com/news/21277323/detail.html

            MERIDEN, Conn. -- Monday was an emotional day for friends and family of Pedro "Pepe" Garcia III.

            People have been dropping off flowers and have set up a memorial where the child lived with his mother.

            Police arrested 22-year-old Daniel Caban Saturday night in connection with the death of “Pepe".

            Caban is the boyfriend of Pedro’s mother, and was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $200,000 bond.

            On Monday, "Pepe" was laid to rest.

            Members of the Meriden Fire Department were called to a Gilbert Road home Tuesday for reports of a 23-month-old child who was not responsive.

            Pedro was taken to Mid-State Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

            An autopsy was performed and the medical examiner ruled Pedro’s death a homicide.

            The medical examiner ruled that "Pepe" died from blunt force trauma to the stomach.

            Neighbors told Eyewitness News Caban lived in a Gilbert Road apartment with Pedro and the boy’s mother, Vivianna. Neighbor’s said Vivianna’s three other young children also lived in the apartment.

            “I’ve known him, he’s a real cool guy,” said Jeffrey Gonzalez. “I knew the little kid too, he was in my house two days before he died. I was in shock and never thought something like this would happen.”

            Neighbors said it seemed as though Caban and Vivianna and her family all got along. They said Vivianna and Caban had lived together for at least a year.

            “It’s hard to believe because he wasn’t that kind of person, he never smoked, drank, he was like a peaceful guy, but I don’t know what he did,” Gonzalez said
            latest info, kinda the same thing as the OP but still developing.
            Last edited by NextGenOfc; 10-13-2009, 11:19 AM.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the update!
              "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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              • #8
                The truth comes out..

                Man Arraigned In Toddler's Death

                MERIDEN, Conn. -- A man arrested in connection with the death of a Meriden toddler was arraigned on Tuesday.

                Daniel Caban, 22, was charged over the weekend with risk of injury to a minor in connection with the death of 23-month-old Pedro "Pepe" Garcia. Garcia's death was ruled a homicide.

                According to court documents, Caban admitted to hurting the toddler, then trying to cover up the crime.

                Court documents also said that Caban was questioned right after police arrived at the house where Pepe died. At first, Caban said that the child fell down stairs but when police told him that the explanation didn't match up with the medical examiner report, "Caban admitted that he became upset over vomiting and struck the child in the head causing the child to fly across the room. The victim's body struck a table and then fell on the floor onto toys. Caban then admitted grabbing the child by the face and yelling at him over vomiting."

                Caban is described as Pepe's mother's most recent boyfriend and neighbors told Eyewitness News that he had lived in a Meriden apartment with the mother, Pepe and three other children for about a year.

                Caban's case was transferred to New Haven court during arraignment on Tuesday. His bond was set at $200,000.

                Autopsy results show that Pepe died of blunt force trauma to the stomach.
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                What a POS.

                What do you suppose he will be charged with? Voluntary manslaughter, since it wasn't exactly planned out therefore eliminating a murder charge? Even though the page says risk of injury to a minor for now?
                Last edited by NextGenOfc; 10-14-2009, 06:52 PM.

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