CT state trooper hit woman in face while she held baby, police say

VERNON — A Connecticut State Police trooper was charged with a felony assault after he hit a woman in the face while she was holding a baby, causing a “severe laceration,” Vernon police said Tuesday.

Trooper Jaime Solis’ police powers have been suspended following his Monday arrest, state police said. He has been placed on administrative duty until criminal and internal affairs investigations are complete.

Solis, 29, was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor, police said. He posted $25,000 bail ahead of his appearance in state Superior Court in Rockville late Tuesday morning.

In court, he appeared before Judge Kathleen McNamara during a proceeding that lasted only a few minutes. Wearing a golf shirt and khakis, Solis was referred to a family relations program and handed a protective order that bars him from having any contact with the victim.

His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Solis, who did not have a lawyer by his side, declined to comment before and after the arraignment.

Second-degree assault is a class D felony and risk of injury to a minor is a class C felony. Disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor. The assault charge alone is punishable by a prison sentence of 1-5 years and a fine of up to $5,000.

According to Vernon police, about 5:40 p.m. Monday, officers received a call about from a home in the Rockville section of town about a domestic violence assault that happened in Solis’ nearby residence. The victim, who left the house after the incident, had what police said was “a severe laceration above her left eye that will likely require stitches to close.” She was taken to the hospital.

Officers determined that Solis had struck the victim in the head with his hand while she was holding a 1-year-old child, police said. The baby wasn’t injured.

State police said Solis, who became a trooper in 2020, has been working at the Troop D barracks in Danielson.