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NY Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Drowning Attempt at West Haven Beach

Man Charged with Attempted Murder

A New York man, Romney Desronvil, is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly trying to drown two young children at West Haven beach. The quick actions of police and firefighters saved the children, who are now in intensive care.

Key Takeaways
  • Quick action by patrol officers and firefighters prevented a tragedy at West Haven Beach.
  • Romney Desronvil faces serious charges, including attempted murder, with a bail set at $2 million.
  • The West Haven community is rallying to support the children and their mothers during this difficult time.

NY Man Arraigned for Beach Drowning Attempt

In a tragic event over the weekend, Romney Desronvil, a 41-year-old man from Queens, New York, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to drown two young children at a beach in West Haven, Connecticut.

Desronvil was arraigned on Monday in Milford Superior Court, where his bail was set at $2 million.

He faces charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and risk of injury to children. The judge has ordered him to return to court on July 1.

Police Rescue Children at West Haven Beach

Early Saturday morning, around 2:30 a.m., a police officer in West Haven saw an SUV parked on the beach. The officer heard loud screaming from the water and went to check.

Desronvil was in the water with the two children, moving further away and shouting, “Stay back!” to the officer. The officer realized that Desronvil was trying to drown the children.

Other officers and firefighters quickly joined the rescue. They pulled the children from Desronvil and brought them to the shore. The children, who are twins under the age of 3, received emergency care on the beach and were then taken to Yale New Haven Hospital.

They were in the intensive care unit, but their conditions were not immediately known.

Desronvil Claims Panic Led to Drowning Attempt

Desronvil told the police that he had taken the twins from their home in New York.

He said he had a bad relationship with the children’s mother and found “witchcraft material” that he thought was meant to harm another man.

He said he panicked when he thought the children’s mother would call the police on him, leading to his actions at the beach. Desronvil’s lawyer did not comment after the court hearing. Mayor Dorinda Borer of West Haven called the incident “unthinkable” and said the children’s mother rushed to be with them.

The community is offering support, including a place to stay, food, clothing, and emotional support.

Quick Response Saves Children’s Lives

The West Haven Police Department praised the officers’ and firefighters’ quick actions, saying they saved the children’s lives.

It is without a doubt the swift response by our patrol officers saved the lives of these children,” they said on Facebook.

The investigation is still ongoing. Authorities are looking into Desronvil’s motives and the events leading up to the attempted drowning.

This incident is a strong reminder of how important it is to act quickly in emergencies. The brave actions of the West Haven police and firefighters prevented a tragedy.