OGDEN — A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday after police accused him of causing a number of injuries to a 3-year-old girl.

Joshua Matthew Bailey has been held at the Weber County Jail since his arrest Monday. He was charged the same day with one count of child abuse — inflict serious physical injury intentionally, a second-degree felony.

In February, Bailey told police that he arrived at his Ogden apartment with the 3-year-old and his infant son. Bailey said the girl asked if she could go to the bathroom, and on her way there she “took a step, her hands went up” and she had a seizure, according to charging documents.

Bailey allegedly admitted to “smacking” the girl in the face to try and keep her awake and bruising the girl’s jaw while checking for a pulse. Bailey later denied causing any injuries to the child, other than the bruising to the face and neck.

Police say Bailey then called the girl’s mother instead of calling 911. He later drove the child to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

Doctors reportedly found “severe bruising” on the child’s legs, arms, face, neck, back, buttocks and genitals, according to charging documents. A CT scan was also performed on the child, which allegedly showed an old area of brain bleeding in the back of the child’s head.

A medical report ruled the injuries were non-accidental and if the child continued to live in the home, “it would be likely that she would die,” the affidavit said.

Charging documents state Bailey was on probation at the time of his arrest for a prior assault case.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Bailey is being held in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Bailey has yet to be given an initial appearance date in Ogden’s 2nd District Court, and he does not have an attorney listed in court documents.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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