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Meriden woman convicted of murder, arson in death of her son

MERIDEN — A jury in New Haven found a local woman guilty of both murder and second-degree arson this week. 

Karin Ziolkowski, 44, of Meriden, was found guilty of murder in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday in the death of her eight-year-old son in 2016. She was also convicted of second-degree arson in connection with fires set at their Davis Street home following the homicide. 

According to statements from the state attorney’s office, evidence at the trial showed Ziolkowski asphyxiated her son and set two fires at 13 Davis St. on Nov. 14, 2016.

Ziolkowski’s son was found unresponsive at the scene of the fire, and first responders were unable to resuscitate him. Karen Ziolkowski suffered severe smoke inhalation in the blaze and was taken to Hartford Hospital. 

The cause of death was ruled homicidal asphyxia and acute intoxication from an antihistamine, which was also found in Karen Ziolkowski’s blood.

The medical examiner determined the boy was dead prior to the fire. 

On Nov. 23, 2016, police learned of a Twitter account belonging to Ziolkowski. On Nov. 10, 2016, four days prior to the fire, she tweeted “fire extinguisher” and “devil’s playground,” following by “#takethatasyouwill,” according to the warrant.

The next day she tweeted “empty promises,” again followed by “#takethatasyouwill,” the warrant continues.

Two days before the fire, the warrant states, she tweeted “why did I have a child.”

The case was investigated by Meriden police and fire departments along with state police. 

Ziolkowski’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2023 in New Haven Superior Court. 


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