CONNECTICUT – A case shakes the community due to the terrifying facts behind the crime: the father of a 2-year-old Hispanic minor is possibly responsible for taking his son’s life and burying him inside a plastic bag in a Connecticut park, according to Stamford police.
The suspect, Edgar Ismalej-Gomez, 26, is under arrest on $3 million bail for a violation of a probation order. In addition, he possibly also had his mother kidnapped for several days.
The under-2-year-old, Liam Rivera, was found in a plastic bag buried in a park, according to the uniform.
“There are no words… I never imagined they were going to do something,” says Ada Guzmán, who knows the child’s mother through tears.
Stamford police said they received a call at 11:50 a.m. Monday reporting a possible kidnapping and a child who may have been injured.
Authorities learned that the boy may have been buried in the Cummings Park area, and officers found an area of the park where dirt was seen to have been disturbed. It was there that they found the boy, police said.
The Office of the Medical Examiner determined that the minor died of homicide and that the cause of death was blunt force injuries to the head.
Grief grips the community in Stamford.
“It’s just terrible,” says Gerardo, a resident of the area, who burst into tears as he spoke about the impact of what happened.
The father had been arrested in the past, in July 2021, on charges that occurred in January involving the then 8-month-old boy. The boy had ended up with a broken arm while he was in the father’s care, said supervising state attorney Michelle Manning, adding that a protective order had been ignored at the time.
“Supposedly he had an accident and the boy dislocated his arm and they began to investigate and supposedly the father – that it had been an accident,” adds Ada Guzmán in reference to the 2021 case.
“I think the police should have done something at that time, but they didn’t,” said Erik, a Stamford resident.
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons called the situation “an unimaginable, horrific tragedy” and said her heart breaks over the tragic loss of 2-year-old Liam.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. I have full faith in the Stamford Police Department that the facts will be uncovered as this investigation continues. My office will do everything possible to support and provide resources to our police officers involved in this incident, as well as services for the family involved in this untimely death situation. I am committed to working in partnership with Chief Shaw and his team to ensure that justice is served in this investigation,” Simmons said in a statement.
Edgar was arrested early Tuesday morning when he was trying to get into a taxi in West Main Street. Liam’s death remains under investigation and the suspect remains behind bars.
No details about the boy’s mother were released.