OGDEN -- A judge has taken under advisement a prosecution request to increase the bail for murder suspect Robert Glen Abbott to $200,000.
Abbott, 31, is currently free on $20,000 bail since his Sept. 9 arrest on a charge of first-degree felony child abuse homicide in the death that day of his 2-year-old stepdaughter at their home in Roy.
The request to raise the bail, out of concern Abbott could be a flight risk because of the seriousness of the charge, came last week during a status conference before Judge Ernie Jones, who took the request under advisement. A scheduling hearing was set for Oct. 26.
Police were called to the home at 1967 W. 4700 South the morning of Sept. 9 when the girl's mother called authorities to say that the youngster was unresponsive. Emergency medical responders found the girl dead from apparent suffocation, police said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Abbott made incriminating statements that led to his arrest.
Abbott "admitted to repeatedly pushing the 2-year-old victim's face into the pillow by placing his hand on the back of her head with her face down in the pillow," the affidavit reads.
"Robert indicated he did this approximately 10 times in a two-three minute period. Robert stated that he did not intend on harming the 2-year-old, he just wanted her to stop crying."
Abbott also admitted doing the same thing to the child on at least three previous occasions, according to the affidavit.
The girl's mother is married to Abbott and they have a 1-year-old child together, according to Roy police.
Two other children in the home, a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, are not related to Abbott. A no-contact order against Abbott for the other children has been in effect since Sept. 13, according to court records.