Southington Teen Faces Manslaughter Charge in Fatal Fire

The suspect reportedly tossed a lit sparkler through an open window which caused the deadly fire.

Eric Morelli. Photo: Southington PD.
Eric Morelli. Photo: Southington PD.

An 18-year-old Southington teen is facing manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges in connection with the early Sunday apartment fire that left another teen dead.

Detectives from t he Southington Police Department arrested Eric Morelli of 244 Westwood Rd., Southington in connection with the fatal fire that occurred at 32 Darling St., Apartment A. 

Police had obtained an arrest warrant from New Britain Superior Court charging Morelli with first-degree manslaughter and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, according to police. 

Morelli's arrest follows the early morning fire June 22 at the Summer Brook Apartment complex that killed 19-year-old Kristen Milano who was asleep in a second-floor bedroom. 

According to a report from WFSB, Morelli reportedly tossed a lit sparkler through an open second-floor window in an attempt to rouse Milano's brother who apparently was not in the room and asleep on the first floor. The brother and an aunt escaped the blaze, unaware Kristen was asleep upstairs.

The state medical examiner determined she died of smoke inhalation and ruled her death a homicide on Monday.

According to police, Morelli was able to post $150,000 overnight Tuesday and was released early Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear July 7 at state Superior Court in Bristol.

The arrest warrant affidavit has been sealed by the court, so no further details are being released at this time, police also said.


Ann Grace June 26, 2014 at 02:23 PM
I have no interest in googling you Jaclyn, in fact I think you have proved to be more a part of the "sick side" of society for announcing your name and address. It shows once again a lack of judgment and a lack of intelligence. I have nothing more to say to you.
Jaclyn Farnham June 26, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Yes, lets just chalk this up to two people with very different opinions and values. Again, my resume and reputation stand for itself. One thing can be said is that at least I own my opinions (I see people like you hiding online as the "sick side" of society), as this boy has owned his actions. His weapon was a sparkler, not a gun remember. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the anonymous Miss Ann Grace.
SILENT WOLF June 26, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Raising a child starts from day one , you as the parent or guardian are the ones responsible for that .Don't be led to believe otherwise ...A village can sometimes help or sometimes have a bad influence ,if that's the case get away from there. Teach your child at the early age there are consequences for every action , good or bad....
Jaclyn Farnham June 26, 2014 at 05:41 PM
All I'm saying is that part of the solution to problems presented by troubled teens (or mentally ill) is within our own communities, and no one is in a better position to identify and help treat issues (aside from the parents and sometimes in spite of the parents) than the school systems. However, in this day and age of liability, everyone turns the other way and therefore nothing will change. Gun legislation is not going to change much - they'll just find another weapon. School resource officers, on the other hand, who are trained counselors and mentors, well that is much needed.
Ann Dyer June 27, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Wow...Ann Grace! Strong words. Very sad to hear you bashing Jacyln. And you do not even know her This is what is sad in this world.


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