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Man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm •  Published: August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man was charged with murder, accused of fatally slashing his 1-year-old niece in her abdomen while babysitting, police said.

Authorities in Bristol responded to a 911 call about an injured baby shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived at the home, officers encountered a person running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her mid-section.

Police officers gave the girl, Zaniyah Calloway, medical attention before paramedics brought her to Bristol Hospital. She was later flown to Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, where she died, officials said.

Arthur Hapgood, 36, of Waterbury, came out of the house without clothes, and he was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.

Police said an 11-year-old child also was in the home at the time but wasn't harmed.

Hapgood was brought to Bristol Hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries. Bristol officers later charged him with murder with special circumstances, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor.

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