OGDEN -- A 26-year-old father has finally pleaded guilty to charges in beating his infant daughter.
Kyle Croxford confessed to officers on the day in January his 4-month-old daughter Emily's injuries were reported to police by doctors at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, according to charging documents.
The injuries are listed as a skull fracture, two subdural hematomas, a broken rib, broken collarbone, two separate fractures in the left leg and a bleeding adrenal gland. The damage came over a monthlong period, said Riverdale Police Lt. Jim Ebert.
"He was frustrated with his life, anger issues he was taking out on (his daughter), and he didn't have the parenting skills to deal with her crying," he said.
"We always ask the parents to walk away, let the baby cry. Phone a friend. Take a walk, maybe exercise to relieve the stress, all those types of things. Have a family member come over to give assistance," Ebert said.
Croxford faces sentencing Sept. 16 before 2nd District Judge Mark DeCaria on three counts of child abuse with serious injury, a second-degree felony carrying up to 15 years in prison. In return for guilty pleas earlier this week, two identical counts were dismissed in a plea bargain.
After Croxford, his wife -- who was unaware of the abuse, Ebert said -- and relatives took the child to the hospital, Croxford left the hospital.
He wasn't avoiding authorities, as he called police as he returned to his Riverdale home, asking officers to accompany him as he retrieved items from his home to move out, knowing relatives would be there, Ebert said.
"He wanted us there to keep the peace, afraid of the reaction of the family to Emily's injuries," Ebert said.
Croxford immediately confessed, leaving Ebert to speculate why he waited six months to enter his guilty pleas. It was part of the plea negotiation and trying to mitigate the case if it did go to trial, he said.
By delaying six months, Ebert theorized, a jury would see the 10-month-old healed child rather than the battered 4-month-old police saw.
"Those are the types of things that are part of the process in the criminal justice system," Ebert said.
The girl is still in the custody of her mother and grandparents, he said.
Croxford has been in jail, unable to raise his $50,000 bail, since his Jan. 23 arrest.