MIDVALE, UT – Police have charged an alleged 44-year-old kiddie diddler with attempted aggravated murder and sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a 6-month-old.
Juan Manuel Duran Jr. was charged in 3rd District Court on Monday with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, both first-degree felonies. He was also hit with five additional counts of second-degree felony child abuse.
Officers responded to a call at 7923 S. Main Street, where Duran’s girlfriend told police that she witnessed him trying to suffocate her 6-month-old son with a towel, according to court documents.
Jade Olson, the victim’s mother, told investigators that Duran said to her that he wished the infant was dead, and that he (Duran) should “just throw him out the fucking window.”
Duran apparently didn’t follow through on that threat, but when the child was later examined at a local hospital, doctors determined that the kid had been abused for weeks, and that the abuse was serious enough to have possibly killed him or left him permanently disabled.
Among the injuries listed in charging documents were bruises to his face and head, bruises on his spine, fractured ribs, bite marks around his neck and nipples, a broken arm, and bruising near his scrotum, among other wounds, according to court records.
According to Dr. Lori Frasier with the Safe and Healthy Families team at Primary Children’s Medical Center, the baby “had bruises on his scrotum and on the skin near his penis.” She concluded that all of the injuries were from abuse and that ”the baby appeared to be depressed and looked sad.”
In a tale of woe that sounds awfully familiar, Duran’s squeeze told police that her sweetie had been living with her at the Midvale apartment for about a month, and watched the child frequently while she was working.
This mother of the year candidate also admitted to police that she was aware that Duran was abusing her child, but did not report it because she was fearful for her own safety and that 6-month-old baby’s make great shields.
Prosecutors have now charged the bimbo, er, ‘mother’ with intentional child abuse, a second-degree felony, for not reporting Duran’s alleged crimes against her son. Sounds like she’s getting’ off easy to me, although I can’t recall the last time a judge ordered someone’s nipples torn off with white-hot pliers.
Duran didn’t yet have a court date as of Monday afternoon. Hopefully the folks sharing space in holding give him a warm welcome and can keep him occupied until one is set.