Man arrested after allegedly hitting 6-year-old boy with frying pan

Posted at 8:27 PM, Jul 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-17 22:27:16-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A man accused of hitting a child in the head with a frying pan is behind bars Thursday.

Salt Lake City Police Department officials arrested 43-year-old Tracy Gallardo Wednesday night near 951 N. Redwood Road.

Police were responding to a report of child abuse at the address just before 6 p.m., and when they arrived they found a 6-year-old boy with a gash on his forehead.

Det. Veronica Montoya, Salt Lake City Police Department, said officers investigated and determined the boyfriend of the child’s mother hit the boy in the head with a frying pan.

The child was taken to a hospital to be examined, and the Division of Child and Family Services is investigating.

Gallardo was booked into jail on a felony charge of child abuse, and police said he was also charged with criminal mischief because the man kicked the door of a police officer’s car.