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Man faces charges in abuse of his son

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 15 2009 1:10 a.m. MDT

TAYLORSVILLE — A man previously convicted of felony child abuse, and who had a second case dismissed, has been arrested again in connection with an abused child incident.

Casey Perkins, 34, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail over the weekend for investigation of three counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony.

On Wednesday, Perkins took his 9-week-old son to the hospital saying the boy was acting as if his arm was hurt, according to Salt Lake County Jail records.

On Friday, the Safe and Healthy Families pediatric specialist told Taylorsville police their examination showed the boy suffered a broken arm two to four weeks ago, "and the mechanism of injury was consistent with child abuse," jail records state. The arm was re-injured on Wednesday, even though the parents claimed they were not aware the arm was broken, which is why they did not get it treated, according to jail records.

The hospital also found evidence of healing ribs that appeared to have been broken two to four weeks ago.

This is the third time Perkins has been arrested in Utah for child abuse.

In 2006, he was charged in Farmington's 2nd District Court with misdemeanor child abuse. He told Taylorsville police that a child in his care sustained a traumatic brain injury in that case, according to jail records. But the case against him was eventually dismissed.

In 1997, Perkins was charged in Provo's 4th District Court with two counts of child abuse, one felony and one misdemeanor. He eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree felony child abuse in exchange for the misdemeanor count being dropped.

In that 1997 case, Perkins was baby-sitting his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Lehi. She went out to run errands, only to be called later that night and told that her child was unconscious and not breathing, according to police.

Doctors later determined the child had been shaken and her head hit against a linoleum floor, according to police. The child survived, but at the time was given a diagnosis of possible paralysis and loss of sight in one eye.

He was sentenced to prison in August of 1997 and released in June of 2005. In 2006, he was sent back to prison on a parole violation and was released one year later on Sept. 25, 2007.

Because of his prior history, Taylorsville detectives in his latest case have made a request to a judge that "no bail be allowed, fearing that Casey's release will present a danger to (redacted) who is currently in the hospital. Casey has tried to intimidate his wife as she cooperated with the police investigation," the jail documents state.

A check of court records showed Perkins' criminal record dates back to 1996 and includes additional convictions of theft and DUI. Right after his 1997 child abuse conviction, he was convicted of attempted assault by a prisoner, which was amended from a felony to a misdemeanor after he pleaded guilty.

e-mail: preavy@desnews.com

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