Meriden Police to Honor Infant Abandoned 25 Years Ago

The city's police department will hold a memorial service for David Paul at the First United Methodist Church. The a newborn was abandoned in South Meriden and died from exposure on Jan. 2, 1988.


Today the Meriden Police Department will hold the 25th memorial service in remembrance of “ David Paul," the newborn infant who was abandoned and died from exposure on January 2, 1988 in South Meriden. 

The service will be held at the First United Methodist Church located at 159 East Main Street, Meriden. The service will commence at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by a brief grave-side service at Walnut Grove Cemetery. The ecumenical service will be coordinated by Pastor Alden C. Barnes. 

Members of the Meriden Police Department have unofficially adopted this 7.5 pound, blue eyed, baby boy who died from exposure, and are committed to keeping his memory alive. The name of the child was chosen by the local clergy. In the scriptures, David means “God’s Beloved” and Paul means “Little Man.” On January 2nd, as in past years, we will remember and honor “God’s Beloved Little Man.” 

We are again inviting all area child caring facilities, child advocates, service providers, educators, city officials and the general public to join us in reaffirming our commitment to all those children who have been abused and neglected. Although this is but a brief ceremony, it symbolizes so much more. 

Anyone needing additional information concerning the service may contact the Chief’s Office at (203) 630-6303 or anyone having information concerning the case may contact Detective Sergeant Robert Nesci at the Meriden Police Department Youth Division, (203) 630-6234.


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