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25-year-old Rhode Island man charged with manslaughter, abuse, after death of 1-year-old



Four people are facing charges after the death of a young child.

According to Det. Sgt. Christopher LeFort, on Sunday, at approximately 10:00 a.m. Pawtucket Police and Fire responded to an apartment on Arthur Street for the report of an unresponsive 1 year old.

Upon arrival, the child was found to be not breathing and presented with significant bruising to his facial area. Life savings measures were performed, and the child was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Due to the suspicious circumstances, the residents of the apartment were transported to police headquarters for further investigation/interview by detectives. After further investigation, three adult females were each charged with one count of Child Endangerment. An adult male was charged with Manslaughter, three counts of 2nd Degree Child Abuse, and Child Endangerment.

All 4 lived in the same apartment where the 1-year-old was located.

The females have been identified as 22-year-old Carolina V. Ledo of Pawtucket, RI, 32-year-old Carla Sousa of Pawtucket, RI, and 25-year-old Daniela Ledo of Pawtucket, RI. All three were arraigned in District Court on Monday.

The male is identified as 25-year-old Joao Resendes of Pawtucket, RI. Resendes was arraigned by a bail commissioner on Monday and was held at the ACI. He is scheduled for formal arraignment in Providence District Court on Wednesday.

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