Police: Boy who died in Putnam choked on cereal

Renee Peterson was arraigned on cruelty charges in Danielson Superior Court April 3, 2014.

State police say a 2 1/2-year-old Putnam boy who died last month appears to have choked on some cereal, after his father's girlfriend locked him and his toddler brother in a bedroom and went to a methadone clinic in Willimantic.

The father's girlfriend, 32-year-old Renee Peterson of Putnam, was arraigned Thursday in Danielson Superior Court on charges including cruelty to persons, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. An arrest warrant affidavit that was released provided details on what happened to the boy.

The boy's father, 30-year-old David Mahan, was arrested in Douglas, Mass., on Wednesday and is expected to be returned to Connecticut to face the same charges as Peterson.

Petersen was detained on $125,000 bail. Her public defender said she didn't intend to harm the boy.