CHESHIRE – A state panel will review the December death of an 11-year old girl and could conduct an investigation.
Anjelita Estrada, 11, attended Doolittle Elementary School. The state chief medical examiner 's office ruled her death a suicide. Cheshire police are investigating.
The child fatality review panel examines untimely and unexplained juvenile deaths. The panel will meet later this month to review the case and consider what action, if any, to take, according to state assistant child advocate Faith Vos Winkel. Not all reviews turn into a full investigatory report, she said. The panel will draw from police and medical examiner reports.
The girl’s father Anthony Estrada said she had moved to Cheshire about six months before her death with her mother and stepfather. Estrada believes bullying was a factor in her suicide although he said getting details from his daughter on phone calls was difficult. He’d also heard about Anjelita’s troubles at school through the girl’s mother.
“My part in this is to push this message. I lost my 11-year-old daughter not entirely because of this, she was strong kid, but this definitely did not help,” Estrada said. “She was too young, she didn’t understand the finality of the consequences of what was going on.”
School Superintendent Jeff Solan declined to comment Wednesday.
Vos Winkel said the fatality review panel might do additional fact-finding on the details surrounding Anjelita’s death.
“I know there’s been some reports about bullying,” Vos Winkel said.
Anjelita’s mother could not be reached for comment.
Estrada lives in New Mexico. He’s working to raise money to bring his daughter’s body there.
“It’s not anything that any family wants to deal with. No parent should have to go through this,” Estrada said.