Kyle was an adorable little
five month old baby, I don't know him or his family, but I can see by
his pictures that he was a precious little Angel sent straight from
Heaven above. A call was made to 911 saying that a child was "in
distress". A neighbor tried to do CPR and was unsuccessful. On June 10,
2011 at about 7:20 p.m., Paramedics and Police arrived at the home of
Kelly Robinson-Maresca and Angel Luis Santiago, her boyfriend. There
were two other children in the home at the time, both children were
under the age of five, both of these children were unharmed. Paramedics
had to push Angel out of the way in order to get access to Kyle and to
try to help him. Angel was hysterical and had to be medicated in order
to calm down.
Kyle Robinson was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and he was put on
life support, the hospital said that Kyle was not likely to survive and
he didn't. An autopsy revealed that Kyle had died of blunt force trauma
to his head with injuries to his brain, neck, spinal cord and
eyes and his death was ruled a homicide.
The Department Of Children And Families had been to the home in April
of 2012, however, that incident was eventually determined to have been
an accident. In May, a second call came in claiming that Angel was
neglecting the children in the home and had left them unattended. DCF
met with Kelly and a plan was put in to place so that Kelly could have
relatives help Angel with the children and in home services were going
to be set up for the family. Days before Kyle died, DCF had been to the
home and found the children were being taken care of and everything
seemed to be okay. Since Kyle's death, DCF was going to investigate
"This is a tragedy and
our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of this young boy.
death of a child deeply affects everyone at the Department and most of
recently working to help the family. It is now our responsibility to
look at the case and
what can be learned to make a senseless death like this less likely to
In March of 2014, the jury, Superior Court Judge Frank Lannotti and
others in the courtroom heard the words:
"He's a monster. Our
family opened our hearts to him and he ripped it out"
B. - Kelly's cousin
Angel Luis Santiago, who was 37 years old at the time, was sitting next
to his lawyer, Chief Public Defender David F. Egan, crying and wiping
his eyes. The State's Attorney, Kevin D. Lawlor said that the injuries
Kyle had sustained were consistent with a child who had been shaken.
Angel and David Egan didn't agree:
"This is not a shaken
Angel and David said that Kyle could have been injured days before:
"What happened to Kyle
was an accident, I did not shake Kyle"
Angel testified that Kyle had fallen and one of Kelly's family members
had asked him not to say anything because they didn't want DCF to get
involved and possibly take away the children. Angel told the court that
he had taken good care of the children, cooking for them, cleaning the
house, playing with them, making paper mache and teaching them how to
speak in English as well as Spanish:
"My boys mean
everything to me. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the
people I love"
Angel said that he failed to keep Kyle safe. David Egan said that many
questions were left unanswered:
"I don't think Angel
Santiago knows exactly what happened"
While David Egan was asking for a sentence of seven to eight years,
Kevin Lawlor asked for the maximum, which would be 11 years adding that
Angel had violated what was a sacred trust when caring for a child:
"All the possibilities
for a young life were taken away by Santiago, in an instant. This was
defenseless, utterly 110 percent defenseless baby that was left in his
hand. He ended
Robinson's life and wrecked the lives of those around him"
Kevin Lawlor went on to say that Angel had an "unremarkable" background
in which he had been convicted of things such as drug related crimes
and carrying a firearm and that though he was a high school drop out,
he did go work:
background is, it just pales in comparison with the ferocity of this
fits the killing of a four month old child in a moment of stress of
fits that scenario? From my perspective, there is no punishment that
Kelly did not speak in court, though a letter was read that she had
written, where she said it was hard for her to explain to her other
children where their brother was and she was having a hard time
sleeping. Kelly wanted to know how Angel could have taken the life of
Kyle. Kelly's mother did speak in court and she said:
"My daughter and her
boys loved him. Maybe Angel will tell us and then we'll stop hating him"
At that point, Angel put his head down.
Saying that Angel had violated the trust he had been given when he was
left with the children Judge Frank Lannotti sentenced him to 18 years,
suspended after nine years:
"The punishment has to
be server, when the case involves the defenseless, especially babies.
The child's gone. The trust was placed in you and the failure of the
trust, I don't think they'll
ever understand. Things are skewed when a child dies before a parent.
It's not the way it's
supposed to occur"
Judge Frank Lannotti
When Angel left
the courtroom that day, he looked back at Kelly's family and then at
his own. Outside of the courtroom, Kevin Lawlor said that it would not
have been possible for Kyle to live with a severed spinal cord for two
days and he said he understood and respected the decision the Judge had
made in sentencing Angel. A family friend stood up for Angel:
"He loved them more
than I can possibly express. He's an amazing person, very sweet. He's
He's very devastated. Kyle's death was an accident"
Angel had entered a plea under the Alford plea doctrine, meaning that
he did not admit he was guilty of the death of Kyle, but he knew there
was enough evidence against him for the State to get a conviction.