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Police: NPS instructor used chokehold on Brookside students, one lost consciousness

Stefanie Sanabria, 50, of 1 Kennedy Ave., Danbury. (Norwalk Police)

NORWALK, Conn. — A Danbury woman was arrested Saturday after rendering a Brookside Elementary School fifth grader unconscious late last month, Norwalk Police said.

Stefanie Sanabria, 50, was charged with strangulation second degree, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment first degree, a Norwalk Police news release said. Bond was $20,000. Sanabria’s court date is March 10.

Sanabria was working as a math coach at the school and on Feb. 24 demonstrated a martial arts choke hold on three fifth-grade students in her class, the news release said. One of the students lost consciousness.

The school nurse immediately treated the child and Norwalk Police were called, the news release said. The Special Victim’s Unit investigated and an arrest warrant for Sanbria was issued Friday. She was arrested at her home by NPD patrol officers and SVU members, along with Danbury Police.

The investigation is said to be ongoing.

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  • Norwalk Police anonymous tip line: 203-854-3111
  • Detective Bureau information line: 203-854-1011
  • Norwalk Police website: www.norwalkpd.com
  • Anonymous TEXT tips can be submitted by typing “NORWALKPD” into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to TIP411 (847411)

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4 responses to “Police: NPS instructor used chokehold on Brookside students, one lost consciousness”

  1. Tysen Canevari

    Get ready Board of Ed. Here comes another law suit. What in the world was this woman thinking? Hopefully, she will lose her pension as well. But we know the almighty teachers union will back her. She could have killed that poor kid. Unreal!

  2. Marjorie Madden

    Nancy complete the story is she a tenured teacher?

    Lesson plans that are submitted ahead of time was this activity listed?

  3. Niz Judia

    Oh no so awful!!! so awful.

  4. David Osler

    Got to love the ridiculously low Bond for her versus the petty drug dealer arrested last week of the 6 million Bond. As far as I can tell the drug dealer didn’t do anything except do what every other drug dealer in the city does and gets away with it. She nearly killed one of our city’s kids

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