8-month-old girl critically injured in abuse case, police say

Published: Thursday, March 20 2014 11:20 a.m. MDT

A man who had been watching an 8-month-old girl during the day while her mother went to work has been arrested for investigation of intentional child abuse.

Jordan Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who had been watching an 8-month-old girl during the day while her mother went to work has been arrested for investigation of intentional child abuse.

Anthony Lopez, 24, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday.

The mother took her 8-month-old daughter to Pioneer Valley Hospital on Wednesday morning. Doctors there flew the young girl by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital. The girl was in critical condition Thursday with "extensive bruising and head trauma," said Salt Lake police detective Veronica Montoya.

After the baby arrived at Primary, hospital staff called Salt Lake police.

"The victim had several bruises covering her entire body. The bruises are in various stage of healing. Victim also has a serious brain injury," a Salt Lake County Jail report states.

Lopez was interviewed by police and arrested.

"(Lopez) admitted post-Miranda to picking the victim up and harshly banging the victim's head on his shoulder" and "throwing the victim onto a mattress on the floor," the report states.

He also spanked the young girl "hard enough to leave bruises" over the period of several days, according to the report.

Lopez is an acquaintance of the mother, Montoya said. She and her child moved into an apartment near 1700 South and Redwood Road with Lopez and other adults a few weeks ago, she said. The mother would go to work during the day and Lopez allegedly watched her child while she was gone.

Lopez also had a warrant out for his arrest on a misdemeanor intoxication charge for failing to appear in court about a year ago, according to court records.

He also had an outstanding warrant for a 2009 conviction of an amended charge of attempted drug possession. The warrant was for failing to appear in court, which happened after he had already violated his probation, according to court records.

He was convicted of interfering with a police officer in 2012 while additional charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct were dismissed. Lopez was convicted of similar charges in 2011. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in 2008.

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