Teen babysitter faces Child Abuse homicide charge after child dies in West Valley City
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – A teenage babysitter has been booked into detention and faces a charge of child abuse homicide after a 21-month-old baby died Tuesday.
According to the West Valley City Police Department, 21-month-old Jaycieion Sanchez died after emergency units responded to a home near 4600 South and 2900 West in West Valley City Tuesday around noon.
The unconscious child was flown to a hospital, but despite medical efforts the child died.
The child was at home with a sibling and a babysitter at the time, and police stated they saw “multiple visible injuries that were not consistent with statements given by the babysitter regarding the circumstances of the child’s death.”
Police conducted an investigation and served a search warrant at the home, and authorities questioned the babysitter as well as the child’s mother and grandmother.
Ultimately, the 17-year-old babysitter was booked into Salt Lake Valley Detention for child abuse homicide.
No further details about the case were immediately available. Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.
Marion fugitive wanted for Child Abuse
is dead after standoff in Arizona
MARION, OH – A Marion fugitive wanted on suspicion of child abuse is dead after a standoff with law enforcement in Arizona.
Raymond B. Norton, 33, of Marion, killed himself after U.S. Marshals found him and his wife Tuesday at a campground outside Quartzsite, Ariz., said Lt. Donald Schlecht of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona.
Norton had been on the run from law enforcement for at least a month, said Marion Police Chief Bill Collins. Marion police opened an investigation into Norton after a boy told his school guidance counselor that Norton had been physically and sexually abusing him and other children for several years, according to court records.
U.S. Marshals found Norton’s vehicle and camper Tuesday at La Posa Long Term Visitor Area just south of the small Arizona town of nearly 3,700 people and called for backup from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management, Schlecht said.
Law enforcement officers confirmed that Norton and his wife were inside the camper, Schlecht said, but when they tried to take him into custody, he refused to come out of the trailer and threatened to hurt himself.
Norton’s wife, who came out of the camper, told law enforcement that Norton had a small-caliber handgun and a machete, Schlecht said.
Law enforcement officers were trying to convince Norton to turn himself in for about two hours, Schlecht said, before Norton shot himself once in the head.
Norton was taken to a hospital in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where he died early Wednesday, Schlecht said.
Norton had been indicted in November on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony, in Marion County Common Pleas Court. The charge stemmed from an incident in which Norton was accused of hitting a child’s hand with a hammer, according to an affidavit filed in Marion Municipal Court and signed by Marion Police Detective Nicholas Esterline.
Marion police continued to investigate the more serious allegations against Norton of prolonged sexual abuse of children, Collins said.
But he was released from jail after making bail on Nov. 11, after which police say he fled.
Not long after he was released from jail, a warrant was issued for his arrest. The warrant specified that if Norton was arrested anywhere in the United States, the arresting agency would be required to hold him and notify the Marion Police Department of his arrest.
Prosecutors had planned on pursuing rape charges against Norton, Collins said.
Norton had one criminal conviction on his record in Marion County, according to online court records. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Marion Municipal Court.
Man convicted of Child Abuse avoids prison as part of plea deal
BILLINGS, MT – A judge Friday sentenced a Casper area man to probation and a suspended prison sentence for felony child abuse.
Alan Farley was initially accused of sexually abusing a child. But he pleaded to lesser charges, including the child abuse, as part of a deal that could keep him out of prison.
Natrona County District Judge Daniel Forgey handed down seven-to-10 year suspended prison sentence that would potentially go into effect if Farley violates his five years of probation.
Farley, who frequently conferred with his lawyer during Friday’s hearing, did not speak when Forgey offered him the opportunity.
The victim of the crime addressed the court before sentencing.
“What you did to me was the worst decision you could possibly make,” the child said in a calm, measured tone.
“I want other kids to know they’re not alone and they can stick up for themselves too,” she said.
The plea agreement prevented prosecutors from seeking prison time.
Prosecutor Kevin Taheri asked Forgey for an eight-to-10 year suspended sentence and seven years of supervised probation. Public defender Curtis Cheney asked for a three-to-five year suspended sentence with probation.
Forgey, in handing down his sentence, did not explain why he imposed the stiffer penalty.
Although Farley was charged in April with two felony sex crimes including second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, he pleaded to lesser charges: felony child abuse and misdemeanor sexual battery.
The girl, who was born in 2006, first told her guardian that she did not like it when Farley cuddled with her, according to court documents. After the girl told her counselor more details, the guardian decided to report the girl’s allegations to police.
In a later interview, the girl said that Farley grabbed her butt under her pants while they were sitting in a recliner. She said that he stopped briefly when someone else walked into the room and she moved to a nearby bed. Farley then followed her to the bed, the April affidavit states.
The girl said she didn’t remember much after that, except that at some point she was completely naked and he was on top of her. She said she was scared and that she froze, according to the affidavit.
She said that Farley later told her that he would hurt her loved ones if she told anybody about what happened.
Farley was couch surfing at the time of the report, the girl’s family told police.
Arizona Infant Violently Bent in Half by Dad Has Died
PHOENIX, AZ – A 6-month-old baby boy died December 21 after his father aggressively bent him in half to silence his crying.
Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, was arrested after his infant son arrived at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on December 19 with severe injuries AzFamily.com reported.
Upon examination of the victim’s body, doctors found a grade 4 liver laceration, a left lateral wrist fracture, a laceration of the pancreas and pattern bruising to the right thigh, according to Maricopa County, Arizona, court documents.
In an initial interview with police, Resendiz claimed that he put the baby to sleep on a sofa sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. on December 18. He said that he called 911 more than 12 hours later when the baby did not wake from sleeping.
According to the probable cause statement, Resendiz called 911 and told the receiver he had woken up to find his baby “unresponsive and not breathing” at 12:45 p.m. the next day.
But examination of the infant’s body and statements from the baby’s mother disproved Resendiz’s account of events in his 911 call and initial interview.
The child’s mother said her son was “awake and alert” when she left for work at 9 a.m. on December 19, according to the probable cause statement.
She then texted Resendiz around 9:45 a.m. to “ensure he was properly caring for her son,” and at 11:45 a.m. she received a reply from Resendiz notifying her that the baby was fine.
An hour later, she received another text from Resendiz that said the child was no longer breathing.
Resendiz eventually admitted to police that he had pressed the infant’s legs over his head and bent his body in order to stop him from crying.
“Robert stated he used approximately 65 percent of his strength to place pressure on the victim and did not release pressure until the victim had stopped moving and was limp,” according to the probable cause statement. “Robert used an infant doll in order to demonstrate the position of he and the victim.”
The statement concluded, “Robert also stated he had bitten the infant two times on the body out of frustration.”