Wilton man charged in toddler’s death

Posted Dec. 26, 2008, at 5:04 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

WILTON, Maine — Authorities say a Wilton man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in last month’s death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old toddler.

State police say 25-year-old David Cook was arrested Friday at his mother’s home in Wilton in Franklin County. He is charged in the death of Brandy Swett’s son, Matteo Hansen.

Matteo died Nov. 29 after falling down a flight of stairs at his mother’s Wilton apartment. Police say Cook was alone with the boy and his 3-year-old sister while Swett was at work.

The arrest followed a ruling by the state Medical Examiner’s Office that the death was a homicide. Details of the toddler’s injuries were not immediately released.

Cook will make his initial appearance Monday in Lewiston District Court.