Autopsy: Ogden baby punched, squeezed to death

Friday , August 29, 2014 - 12:13 PM

BARNEY, ADAM JOSEPH

OGDEN — Adam Barney admitted to killing his girlfriend’s 14-month-old daughter by repeatedly punching her in the face and abdomen and squeezing her, a probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court says.

Ogden police arrested the 23-year-old after emergency crews responded to the Western Colony Inn at 234 24th St., No. 2, where they found a baby “beyond medical help and deceased,” court documents said.

Barney was booked into the Weber County Jail and charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, which holds a maximum sentence of up to life prison. Bail is set for $100,000.

During an interview, Barney confessed to police that the infant’s death was his fault, the probable cause statement said

“Barney stated he struck the child several times in the face and stomach then squeezed her substantially,” the document said. 

He told police that an overwhelming amount of stress led to the incident. Barney said that during his increased frustration over dirty living conditions, the victim crying and other two children misbehaving, he lashed out.

“Barney picked the toddler up and threw her onto the bed where she struck an unknown object, which caused more crying,” the document said.

The toddler was sticky from food she had eaten so Barney picked her up and they went into the shower together. While holding the toddler in the shower, Barney said, he fell down and dropped her. “Out of frustration, he punched her in the face twice. ... punched her in the stomach and squeezed her really hard.”

Barney said he got out of the shower and put the baby on the bed, and told the other kids to watch her while he continued to clean up.

“Barney looked at the infant on the bed and noticed her exhale a couple times like she couldn't breathe,” the report said

After realizing the girl was dead, Barney told police, he cleaned her up and later called his live-in-girlfriend, the toddler’s mom.

An autopsy performed Tuesday at the state Medical Examiner’s office revealed that the cause of death is “homicide due to blunt force trauma to the abdominal area causing the victim to hemorrhage internally,” reports said.

On Thursday, Judge Brent West appointed Michael Bouwhuis as Barney’s public defender.

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SEMorganBriesmaster.

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