Manhunt continues for man who police say killed baby

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  • Photo courtesy: Toni Barronton
  • Photo courtesy: Toni Barronton
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  • BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As police continue to search for Edgard Anziani, the man who they say killed 15-month-old Damien Lynn, people who knew the little boy are grieving his death.

    Bangor Police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Edgard Anziani, 27, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is facing a charge of murder. Friday, the FBI issued a federal warrant on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

    Bangor Police Lt. Tim Reid said they do not believe Anziani is in Maine anymore, and likely near his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    Meanwhile, Toni Barronton is dealing with the grief of knowing she was one of the last people to see Lynn alive.

    "Just to know that i was the last person to love him and care for him before this happened just breaks my heart," she said Friday. Barronton said she baby-sat Lynn from 2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday while the baby's mother went to Massachusetts to pick up Anziani.

    It was just before 7 a.m. Tuesday that an ambulance was called to Lynn's house on Bald Mountain Road in bangor for a report of an unresponsive child. Lynn was pronounced dead at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

    Police interviewed Anziani, who was caring for the baby when the ambulance was called. According to court documents, he told them the baby's mother went to the hospital in the middle of the night with stomach pains, and the baby woke up at 4:30 a.m. screaming. Anziani said as he went to warm a bottle for Lynn, he heard a thump and found the baby on the landing of the stairs.

    According to the state Medical Examiner, the injuries Lynn sustained were inconsistent with a fall down six or seven stairs. He had head trauma, two broken arm bones, four broken ribs, a bite mark on his arm, and abdominal injuries.

    Barronton said Lynn was always happy when he was with her. "Just so precious," she said. "Had that smile that got your heart."

    Neighbors say they didn't know the mother and son well, that they would only see them coming and going from the apartment. They say they also didn't know Anziani had been staying there.

    "In the back of my mind, you think, 'Was there something I could have done?'" said Danielle Rideout, who lives just next door to Lynn and his mother. "If I were awake at that time would I have heard something and been able to call someone sooner?"

    She said her 2-year-old daughter, Lily, shares a wall with the infant's bedroom, and she would sometimes hear the baby crying. Rideout said Lily has asked about the baby, and has been paying attention to all of the police coming by the apartment building.

    While Bangor police say they have reason to believe Anziani is in Lawrence, Massachusetts, they ask if anyone has any information about his whereabouts to call their local police department.


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