Danbury homicides show mental health services ‘crisis’

Danbury homicides show mental health services 'crisis'

DANBURY — A local mother killing her three children before taking her own life has shaken the community in the past week and is raising awareness to a potential “stigma” around mental health treatment in the immigrant community.

Danbury police said Sonia Loja, 36, killed her three children July 27 before killing herself. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the children — Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5 — died by strangulation and Loja died by hanging.

At a vigil at his home Saturday, Pedro Panjon said his wife was distracted over the loss of income after she was ordered in June to close her unlicensed day care business. Panjon said his wife was unable to get a day care license because the family is undocumented.

Danbury resident Emanuela Palmares, an activist in the immigrant community and vice president of the nonprofit New American Dream Foundationsaid the tragedy underscores the need to raise awareness to the mental health treatment resources available in the community.

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