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Ogden man charged in the critical injury of his infant son

By Mark Shenefelt - | Aug 11, 2022

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

The 2nd District Court is seen on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in downtown Ogden.

OGDEN — An Ogden man has been charged with allegedly inflicting critical injuries on his 8-week-old son, who was reported hospitalized with a skull fracture and brain bleeding.

Police and paramedics responded Saturday to a report of an infant in cardiac arrest. The boy was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition. According to an Ogden Police Department probable cause statement, hospital personnel told officers the infant also had what appeared to be older injuries.

The child had been in the care of his father, David W. Harder, 20, of Ogden, an arrest affidavit said. Police said Harder allegedly told them he had shaken the infant on two occasions and that the latest incident prompted the 911 call.

Harder was booked into the Weber County Jail and ordered held without bail. The Weber County Attorney’s Office on Wednesday charged him with two counts of second-degree felony aggravated child abuse, intentionally and knowingly.

Efforts to contact Harder’s attorney, Kevin Richards, were not immediately successful.

An update on the child’s condition also was not available. The police department did not immediately return a phone call seeking that information.

Police urged in the arrest affidavit that Harder be held without bail because they claimed he may flee if released pending trial due to his having ties out of state. Harder also should be held for his own protection because he has been suicidal since Saturday, the affidavit said.


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