VERNAL — A Uintah County man is facing child abuse charges after investigators say he fractured his young son's skull in several places.
Robbie Duane Trujillo, 32, is charged in 8th District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony, domestic violence assault, a class B misdemeanor, three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a class B misdemeanor, and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.
On March 17, Uintah County sheriff's deputy Pete Winterton was called to Trujillo's home in Fort Duchesne on a report of a domestic dispute.
Trujillo and his wife were arguing when he pushed her to the ground in front of the couple's three children, according to the probable cause statement Winterton filed after he arrested Trujillo.
Winterton wrote that while he was in the home, he noticed one of the children had what appeared to be dried blood inside his ear. When asked what had happened to the boy, Trujillo said, "He fell off the curb," the deputy wrote.
An ambulance was called and the boy was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center to be evaluated. Winterton talked with the EMTs who took the boy to the hospital. They told him the child disclosed that Trujillo "had kicked him once in the head and once in the abdomen," the deputy wrote.
"I then made contact with the child's doctor and was told the child had sustained massive head trauma resulting in several skull fractures," Winterton wrote. "Multiple areas of bleeding were also noted in (the child's) brain."
The boy was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.
The child's age was not provided in court records, but Winterton's statement indicated that none of the children in the home is over the age of 4.
The sheriff's department contacted the state Division of Child and Family Services, which is working with the family.
Trujillo made his first court appearance Monday. He remains in the Uintah County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $17,039 bail.
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