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SLC police: Baby girl remains critical after alleged abuse

First Published      Last Updated Mar 21 2014 08:50 am

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.

Montoya said the man also was wanted on active arrest warrants.

He was booked into the Salt Lake County jail, where he remained without bail Friday on suspicion of second-degree felony intentional child abuse and numerous assault and drug-related misdemeanor counts.


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