Trial set in Woods Cross child abuse incident

Oct 31 2013 - 5:10pm

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Ryan Keith Knight
Ryan Keith Knight

FARMINGTON -- A two-day jury trial has been set for a man accused of breaking his 6-month-old son's femur and shoulder blade.

Judge Robert Dale scheduled Feb. 24-25 for the trial for Ryan Keith Knight, 25, of Woods Cross. A final pretrial conference is set for Jan. 9.

Knight is charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse. Each charge carries a potential sentence of one to 15 years in Utah State Prison.

Knight entered not guilty pleas July 11. Woods Cross police arrested Knight on June 13.

According to the charging document filed in court, the infant's mother saw that her son's leg was bent "in a strange direction. He was very irritable."

Knight had been the caregiver of the baby before the mother had seen the injury, according to the charging document. She took the baby to the doctor and an X-ray showed a fractured femur and a fracture around the shoulder blade.

Woods Cross police received a report from the Division of Child and Family Services about a 6-month-old boy who was being treated at Primary Children's Medical Center for "multiple fractures to his right leg, a fractured shoulder blade and bruising to the head and ear."

Knight had made some "inconsistent statements to DCFS employees" concerning the infant's injuries, according to the statement.

When he was interviewed by police he waived his Miranda rights and admitted to "pulling and twisting" the baby's legs "way too rough," according to the statement.

He also said he had held the baby boy by his arm and leg and swung him around "too hard," according to the statement.

He admitted to police he had not intentionally hurt his son, but he had caused the injuries. He also told police he had put a cotton swab in the baby's ears, which caused the bruising.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. 

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