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Foster Mother Charged In Baby's Death
7-Month-Old's Death Ruled Homicide

POSTED: 9:18 am EDT July 17, 2008
UPDATED: 8:12 pm EDT July 17, 2008

facebookdel.icio.usbuzzdiggreddit›› Email›› PrintMANSFIELD, Conn. -- A
Mansfield foster mother was arrested on Thursday in connection with
the death of an infant who was in her care.

Suzanne Listro, 42, was taken into the custody of state police on
Thursday in connection with the baby's May death.

Police responded to Listro's home on May 19 after receiving reports
that an unresponsive baby was being transported to Windham Memorial
Hospital. The 7-month-old child was then airlifted to Hartford
Hospital, where he pronounced dead.

The baby was identified as Michael Brown.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be blunt traumatic head
injury. The death was ruled a homicide.

Listro was a foster care provider licensed by the Department of
Children and Families. She was also an employee of the department.

DCF On Listro's Arrest

DCF said that Listro became a licensed foster parent in February, and
that the baby had been in her care for a week before his death.

The department said Listro had worked for the department since 1993.

Commissioner of the department, Susan Hamilton, said that Listro had
been suspended without pay, and that she was pushing for her

She said that during the investigation into Brown's death, the
department discovered that claims of abuse had been made against
Listro in connection to her adopted child. She said that the
accusations were never proven and that DCF is reviewing its policies.

"As commissioner of this agency, I not only feel the enormity of this
loss but have the responsibility to do something about it and to
assure the public that I have taken immediate and decisive action in
response to my investigation into this case," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said that an internal review of the staff involved in the
investigation of the previous abuse allegations was also being
conducted by the department.

She said one of the investigators had been terminated and that another
had received a 20-day suspension.

She said the department planned to begin outsourcing the licensing of
any DCF employee who wants to become a foster parent. As of early
June, there were 28 employees who held licenses as foster parents.

"I have and will continue to hold myself, my staff and the system
accountable for any and all improvements within our control that are
needed to prevent this from happening again," Hamilton said.

Listro's bond was set at $1 million. Channel 3 Eyewitness News
reporter Erika Arias reported that Listro planned to make bond by
offering up several properties.

Watch Eyewitness News at 5 for updates to this developing story.

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