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Utah man charged with injuring infant daughter

First Published      Last Updated Oct 23 2013 05:53 pm

A Manti man is accused of abusing his infant daughter, possibly causing brain damage.

In charges filed Tuesday in 6th District Court, police wrote that the man, 23, was with the 7-month-old on Oct. 16, when he called his wife to report the baby was not breathing.

The baby began breathing again but remained unresponsive, police wrote. She was taken to Gunnison Valley Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a brain bleed and sent, still unresponsive, to Primary Children's Hospital. The father allegedly told doctors at Gunnison Valley that the baby had fallen off the bed.

But doctors at Primary Children's found the baby was suffering from brain swelling and bleeding, as well as several bruises over her body, police wrote. Doctors said she likely would have brain damage and could die.

The father stayed at his relatives' house while the rest of the family went to the hospital, police wrote. The mother said she did not want the father at the hospital because she suspected he was responsible for the baby's injuries, police wrote.

The father "showed no interest in the baby's welfare," police wrote. "He has given multiple different stories about what happened to [the] baby."

The man was charged with second-degree felony child abuse and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.