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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Child abuse
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 17, 1998
Date of arrest: 2 days after
Date of birth: 1980
Victim profile: Keriana Tellado, 2 (his girlfriend's daughter)
Method of murder: Beating her head against a bathroom wall
Location: Waterbury County, Connecticut, USA
Status: Sentenced to death in December 2000. Overturned on December 17, 2004. Resentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on April 1, 2006

State of Connecticut v. Ivo Colon
(SC 16446)

concurrence & dissent

Ivo Colon was sentenced to death in 2000. He was convicted of capital felony for the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, Keriana Tellado, in Waterbury.

Colon killed the 32-pound girl by beating her head against a bathroom wall, holding her up by the hair when she could no longer stand. Keriana's mother, Virginia Quintero, awaits trial on manslaughter and risk of injury charges. Police say Quintero did nothing to stop the fatal beating inside her apartment.


Suspect Missing in Child Murder

WTNH News Channel

July 18, 1998

(WTNH) _ Waterbury police are on the lookout tonight for a suspect in the murder of a Waterbury 2 year old who escaped from their custody this evening. 18-year old Ivo Colon is accused of beating 2 year old Keriana Tellado to death because she was not cooperating with toilet training. The girl was the daughter of Colon's girlfriend. He was being held on $3 million bond. Despite the brutal nature of the crime, News Channel 8 has learned Colon was not shackled or handcuffed when he made his escape.

The girl's mother, 19-year-old Virginia Quintero, was charged with risk of injury to a minor. Colon could face the death penalty if he's convicted. The medical examiner says the little girl died of blunt force trauma to the head, but authorities say she had some injuries three weeks old.

John Connelly, State's Attorney: "The police officers who worked on this investigation have all said they have never seen a child that has sustained such extensive injuries as to the extent of two year old Keriana Tellado."

Police say Colon also faces an assault charge in the beating of Keriana's 3 year-old sister.


Suspect in Child Beating Death Recaptured

News Channel 8's Judy Chong reports.

(AP) _ A Waterbury man charged with killing a 2-year old, has been recaptured after escaping from police custody.

Police aren't talking today about how Ivo Colon slipped through the fingers of authorities. The 18 year old was found about midnight yesterday hiding in a vacant apartment.

Brenda Santiago, Neighbor: "They just opened the window, went into the apartment. I heard yelling, get down, and they arrested him."

Colon was found right next door to Brenda Santiago. Colon reportedly had relatives living in this apartment complex located 3 miles from police headquarters. Police were led to this empty apartment on Knollwood Circle in Waterbury by a tipster.

Judy: "Where was he hiding inside?"

"I think they caught him in the bedroom, cause you can see the flashlights."

Cops recaptured Colon after a massive manhunt throughout the city. The 18 year old is charged with killing his girlfriend's 2-year old daughter. Keriana Tellado died after Colon allegedly bashed her head repeatedly against the bathtub. Colon told police he became enraged with Tellado's failure to potty train. The toddler also had extensive bruises all over her body and a broken left arm.

Officials say Tellado was beaten over the course of 3 weeks. The little girl was locked up inside this first floor apartment - hidden from view. Relatives who had heard rumblings about abuse tried in vain to check up on the 2 year old.

Robert Tellado, Victim's Uncle: "I was trying to check but nobody opened the door -nothing, had her locked up in the house."

Now Tellado's family is trying to collect donations to help pay for the funeral expenses to bury a little girl too little to defend herself.

"We're all doing real bad, she was so beautiful we all miss her."

Ivo Colon is charged with capitol felony, murder, and assault. He faces additional charges for his escape. Four of his relatives are charged with hindering prosecution. The child's mother, Virginia Quintero, is charged with 2 counts of risk of injury to a minor. The little girl is expected to be buried on Tuesday.


Ivo Colon

Connecticut Little Keriana was just 2 years old when she was beat to death by her mother's live-in-boyfriend. He was also beating another child as well, Crystal. He would hit the girls with his hands and a belt because they were slow in potty training.

Two days before she died, he picked up Keriana by the arm after she wet herself and "heard something go pop." He refused to let the mother take the girl to the hospital to treat the broken arm, because he feared the doctors  would see the cuts, bruises and burn marks that covered her little body.

He began beating little Keriana again, kicking this poor baby and cutting her with his rings. When she threw up after dinner, he took her to the bathroom and began banging her head against the shower wall.

"Little Keriana could not stand up, so he kept on picking  her up by the hair,"

"He picked her up a couple of times and her hair was coming out in his hands. "The medical examiner ruled that little Keriana died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Her mother Virginia Quintero, 19 years old was arrested is being held on $500,000 bond. She was arrested for failing to protect her children.

Ivo Colon, 18 years old, was arrested and is being held on $4 million bond, accused of beating to death  Keriana, and assaulting little 3 year old Crystal. He faces charges of murder and assault. If convicted he could receive the death penalty.

UPDATE: 4-13-01

Ivo Colon was convicted of Capital Felony Murder in December 2000 and now joins 6 other men on Connecticut's death row.



Ivo Colon

As of December 17, 2004, the death sentence of Ivo Colon was overturned by the State Supreme Court. The prosecuting attorney has indicated that he will move towards a second death sentence.



Colon sentenced to life in prison for killing 2-year-old girl

April 3, 2006

WATERBURY, Conn. --A man convicted in the 1998 beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance for parole after a state prosecutor decided not to seek the death penalty.

Superior Court Judge William T. Cremins imposed the sentence on Ivo Colon, 25, the Republican-American of Waterbury reported.

Colon was convicted of capital felony in 2000 in the killing Keriana Tellado in her mother's apartment in Waterbury.

A hearing on whether Colon should be put to death by lethal injection was to begin Thursday.

"After careful review of all the evidence, I felt, in the interest of justice, life in prison without the possibility of release for Colon serves the ends of justice," said Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly.

According to testimony at his trial, Colon bashed Keriana's head against a shower wall until she died. Witnesses said Colon began abusing the girl weeks before her death, because Keriana was slow to potty train.

A jury convicted Colon, of Waterbury, and ruled that he should be put to death. But the state Supreme Court overturned the death sentence in 2004 because the jury received improper instructions from the judge in the penalty phase.

A second death penalty hearing was then scheduled at Waterbury Superior Court.

Connelly on Monday told a judge that he did not intend to go forward with the new hearing.

"The jury was correct in 2000 in sentencing him to death," Connelly said. "However, because of the passage of time and the impact this has had on everyone involved in this case, I felt, even if he received the death penalty again, there'd be further years of litigation.

"By having him sentenced to live without the possibility of release, the tragedy of the death of Keriana Tellado can be brought to an end," he said.

Public Defender Michael Courtney, Colon's lawyer, could not be reached for comment.

Colon will now be moved to the general prison population from death row, where seven men are awaiting lethal injection.



Judicial District of Waterbury 

Criminal; Death Penalty; Whether Trial Court Properly Vacated Jury's Verdict of Life Due to "Scrivener's Error" on Verdict Form; Right of Allocution; Evidence of Uncharged Misconduct Toward Victim to Establish "Especially Heinous, Cruel or Depraved" Aggravating Factor; Constitutionality of Death Penalty Statute.

The defendant was convicted of capital felony and murder in connection with the beating death of a child.  During the penalty phase hearing, the jury filled out a special verdict form indicating that it had found the existence of the "especially heinous, cruel or depraved" aggravating factor in the death penalty statute, General Statutes 53a-46a.  It also found that this aggravating factor did not outweigh the existence of any mitigating factor, a verdict that requires a life sentence.  The trial court accepted the verdict and excused the jury.  Shortly thereafter, a juror informed the sheriff that there had been a mistake on the verdict form, and the trial judge went into the deliberation room to inquire about the problem.  The court subsequently reassembled the jury, determined that there had been a "scrivener's error" on the first verdict form and allowed the jury to return a second verdict in which it indicated that it found that the aggravating factor outweighed any mitigating factor, a verdict requiring a death sentence.  The defendant filed a number of motions essentially seeking a life sentence or a new penalty phase hearing.  He contended that when the jury entered the deliberating room after returning its first verdict, the jury had been discharged.  After it was discharged, he argued, the court lacked the power to reject the first verdict.  He also argued that the court had engaged in inappropriate ex parte contact with the jurors in the deliberating room.  After a hearing, the court found that the jury had not been finally discharged after it returned its first verdict and that the state had borne its burden of proving that any improper ex parte contact between the judge and the jurors was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.  Accordingly, it denied the defendant's postverdict motions.  On appeal, the defendant challenges the court's rulings on those motions.  He also claims that the court denied him his right of allocution because it did not allow him to address the sentencing jury before it imposed the death penalty.  He raises other claims as to the penalty phase, which include that the court improperly excused prospective jurors for cause based on their views of the death penalty; that the court should have continued the case until the completion of an ongoing study concerning whether there are racial disparities in the administration of the death penalty in Connecticut; that the "especially heinous, cruel or depraved" aggravating factor in 53a-46a is unconstitutionally vague; and that the court wrongly admitted evidence of his uncharged misconduct toward the victim during the week of her death to establish that the offense was committed in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner.  As to the guilt phase, he challenges the denial of his motion to suppress statements and evidence on the ground that the court improperly found that the entry of police into his apartment was justified under the emergency exception to the warrant requirement.  In addition, he argues that General Statutes 53a-54b, which makes the murder of a person under the age of sixteen a capital felony, is unconstitutional insofar as it makes the victim's age a basis for rendering a defendant eligible for the death penalty.



Keriana Tellado was just 2 years old when she was beat to death
by her mother's live-in-boyfriend.



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