A 27 year old Benson, Utah man is behind bars tonight charged with severely abusing a 3 year old girl. Dallas Derrick is charged with 3rd degree felony child abuse. Police said Wednesday night he wandered out of field on the Northwest side of Logan, in his arms was the three year old girl police say she was bleeding from the nose and mouth and was not responsive.
Derrick told police he was walking through the field from his home in Benson about 3 to 5 miles away and was hoping to surprise the girl's mother. He says he fell while carrying the girl and that is how she recieved the injuries.
Police said they don't completely believe the story and say they walked away from questioning Derrick with even more questions, like why was he walking through the field? Police also said that the girl was not dressed for the cold weather.
Derrick has had run-ins with the law before for theft, burglary and for escaping official custody two different times.
The family member we spoke with is shocked her brother has been charged with child abuse, but police and prosecutors say there is enough evidence to pursue the charges.
Derrick remains behind bars. The girl is in critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center