CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — The death of a 2-year-old child pulled from the Connecticut River Monday night after a crash on Route 9 in Cromwell is considered suspicious, according to state police.
Troopers responded to the crash on Route 9 South near Exit 25 around 5:20 p.m. When state police arrived, they found an unoccupied vehicle, which was later towed from the scene.
State police said the 24-year-old woman driving the car got out of it with her 2-year-old daughter and walked down an embankment adjacent to Route 9 North. State police said an extensive search was initiated to locate the pair.
About two hours later, authorities said first responders found an adult woman, consistent in appearance with the description of the driver who took off, walking along Route 9 North. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Soon after, state police said an unresponsive child was found in a rocky area of the nearby Connecticut River. The child was taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead around 9:25 p.m.
State police said Wednesday that they deemed the girl’s death suspicious and continued investigating.
State police said they are working to determine whether the mother and daughter went down the embankment “intentionally or inadvertently.”
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families was notified, according to state police. The child’s body was taken to the office of the chief medical examiner in Farmington for examination.
Anyone with information about the accident or dashcam footage is asked to contact Detective James Bria at email@example.com.