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Juvenile arrested in suspected child-abuse homicide
Salt Lake Tribune 11/23/07
A one-month-old has died and the child's juvenile father was arrested in a suspected child-abuse homicide in Taylorsville.
Investigators had few details in the case Thursday night. The infant was injured late Monday or early Tuesday, police
said, but they did not know the nature of the child's injuries. They also did not know the child's gender or when the child
The infant was 34 days old. The father is under 18 years old, police said.
This is the second critical child abuse case reported this week on the Wasatch Front. A 2-month-old girl was "expected
to die" from head trauma Sunday in South Salt Lake, investigators wrote in documents charging her father with second-degree
felony child abuse.
Everado Mendoza, 21, was arrested Monday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.
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|Mom charged in toddler death|
|The Salt Lake Tribune|
Salt Lake Tribune
|Article Last Updated:01/25/2007 01:24:49 AM MST|
|A West Valley City woman was arrested Tuesday after being charged with the death of her 1-year-old
son. Officers confronted Mesepa Heimuli, 28, outside her home near 2200 West and 3800 South around 4 p.m., said police
Capt. Tom McLachlan. |
Heimuli is accused of inflicting head injuries to Uatisone Sua Jr., causing his
death on Dec. 2, 2006. Because Heimuli was pregnant at the time, she was not arrested. The Salt Lake County jail has a policy
not to accept women pregnant in their third trimester, said Lt. Paul Jaroscak.
"We just don't want to
have to worry about delivering babies in jail," Jaroscak said.
Heimuli gave birth about two weeks after
the toddler's death, McLachlan said. Investigators considered her a suspect from the start but were cautious in how they built
the case, said McLachlan. She also did not appear to be a flight risk or danger to the public, he said.
Heimuli had two other young children at the time of Uatisone's death. Both were immediately placed into protective custody
with a relative said Dwayne Bourtenay, director of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. Heimuli's newborn child
was also taken from her and placed with family following the birth, Bourtenay said.
- Michael N.
A woman has been arrested in connection with the abuse of her four-year-old stepdaughter after bringing her into
the emergency room with bruises all over her face.
According to a police report, the child
had bruises all over her cheek, neck, lip and behind her right ear.
When officers interviewed the girl
--- they say the child told them she was afraid of her stepmom because she hit her. The 26-year-old Payson woman apparently
told police the girl fell off the bed, but she could not apparently explain any of the other bruises on the child's face.
The woman was booked into jail for investigation of child abuse. Her bail was set at $2,500.