Ogden man arrested in toddler death had outstanding warrant

Tuesday , August 26, 2014 - 4:37 PM

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Adam Joseph Barney...

By CIMARON NEUGEBAUER and ANDREAS RIVERA

Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — Court records indicate the man police have arrested in the death of a 14-month-old girl Monday evening had a warrant out for his arrest for a domestic-related dispute earlier this year.

Adam Joseph Barney, 23, originally pleaded not guilty in April to disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, but it was later amended to a class C misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement. Police records say officers responded to a family disturbance call at Barney’s mother’s residence. Barney allegedly “punched a hole in the bathroom door,” according to the report. 

Court records also indicate Barney had a warrant issued on Aug. 19 for his arrest for not complying with the terms of his probation related to the April offense. 

Ogden police arrested Barney in connection with the death of a toddler Monday evening. They said Barney was arrested after emergency crews responded to reports of an unresponsive child at the Western Colony Inn at 234 24th St., No. 2, at about 6:12 p.m.

Responders say they found the 14-month-old girl dead.

Barney, a live-in boyfriend, was questioned by police and admitted that he hit the child and squeezed her, causing severe injury, officers said.

The child’s mother was working at the time of the incident.

Police arrested Barney and booked him into the Weber County Jail on suspicion of child abuse homicide. 

Police say the Division of Child and Family Services is involved and has removed two other children, ages 3 and 5, from the household. The family had apparently been living in the hotel.

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