NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A Meriden woman was sentenced on Tuesday for killing her eight-year-old son and committing second-degree arson, according to the Connecticut Divison of Criminal Justice.
New Haven State’s Attorney John P. Doyle, Jr. said Karin Ziolkowski was sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder and second-degree arson.
According to evidence presented in court, she suffocated her eight-year-old son Elijah Ziolkowski on Nov 14. 2016, prior to internationally setting two fires in their Meriden home.
Officials at the scene could not resuscitate Elijah and his death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The case was investigated by the Meriden Police Department, the Meriden Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Division of Scientific Services with the State of Connecticut, and the Office of the Medical Examiner.
“Our thoughts are with Elijah’s family at this time,” State’s Attorney Doyle said. “Though nothing can bring back Elijah or lessen the pain of his loved ones, we hope today’s prison sentence brings Elijah’s family some measure of peace now that the person responsible for his senseless and unimaginable death has been brought to justice.”