A baby girl remained in critical condition Friday, three days after being hospitalized for head and other injuries police say resulted from child abuse.
Salt Lake City police Detective Veronica Montoya said the 8-month-old girl had been taken to Primary Children's Medical Center on Wednesday morning with brain trauma and extensive bruising. Medical personnel alerted police.
Officers were dispatched to the hospital, where, after an investigation, they arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly causing the infant's injuries.
A probable cause statement notes that the man, who was babysitting while the girl's mother was out, admitted to having "spanked" the infant hard, throwing her onto a mattress and repeatedly banging her head against his shoulder over several days.