The girlfriend of a man charged with shaking their 11-month-old daughter said the accusations are false.
Raviel Carrasquillo was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. His girlfriend, Leslie Olmeda, denied that Carrasquillo hurt the girl.
"He didn't hurt my child," she said. "He wouldn't hurt her."
Olmeda said she and Carrasquillo took the girl to the Manchester Community Health Center on Friday after the girl burned herself on some soup.
It was at that appointment where a witness reported she saw Carrasquillo shake the girl and then push her into a wall in a back parking lot, police said.
"He's a great father," Olmeda said. "These are just false accusations. Pretty soon they'll find out the truth. He's an awesome dad."
Police said that when they were called to the health center, Carrasquillo first gave them a fake name. He later told police it was because he's not supposed to be with his girlfriend because he's out on bail, accused of domestic violence and stalking her.
Olmeda said she was unaware of any restrictions.
"They never told me that I had to stay away from him at all," she said.
Olmeda said she and her boyfriend have two children, with another on the way.
"My daughter's been asking for her dad since 4 o'clock in the morning Saturday morning," she said. "What do I tell my 2-and-a-half-year-old? The other one's 11 months, and she's saying, 'Dada.'"