Tragic news coming out of Brooklyn, New York.
Ella Vitalis, age one, died of blunt force trauma just days after Judge Erik Pitchal ruled the girl should be returned to her parents, according to a report in the New York Times.
The Times reported that the judge overruled a request by Child Welfare Services to remove Ella from the home after an investigation found allegations of abuse by the father “substantiated.”
Child Services requested that Ella and her two-year-old brother Liam be put in foster care and that their parents only be granted supervised visits.
The Daily Caller reported that in August 2022 police responded to a violent domestic dispute call involving Ella’s parents. Responding officers observed that Ella, just three months old at the time, had two broken ankles. Physicians later found she also suffered a brain hemorrhage.
In September 2022 Ella was hospitalized for a “tongue laceration.”
Ella was temporarily placed in foster care but returned to her parents in early September of this year.
On September 15, Ella was admitted to a hospital for cuts to her forehead, a swollen eye, bite marks and a broken jaw.
Ella’s mother told authorities the injuries were the result of her “drinking too much milk.”
Young Ella died five days later due to a bleeding in the brain.
Many are calling for Pitchal to step down.
It is not clear at this time if Ella’s parents, Johnson Vitalis, 28, and Lafayette Browne, 29, have been or will be charged with a crime.
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