7-year-old boy, infant suffer broken bones in separate child abuse cases, police say

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-08 18:27:33-04

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — Police arrested two individuals suspected of child abuse in two separate cases in Utah County over the weekend, officials confirmed Monday.

Utah County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the first incident Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m. to investigate a report of child abuse an Eagle Mountain home.

Detectives learned that a 7-year-old boy sustained breaks to both bones in his lower left arm, according to the sheriff’s office.

After interviewing witnesses and the victim, deputies made contact with Christopher Patrick Nieto, 28, the live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother.

Investigators believe Nieto caused the injury to the boy, officials report.

Nieto was booked into the Utah County Jail on domestic violence child abuse with serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

Nieto’s bail was set at $1,500 cash only.

The second case came in the early hours of Sunday morning. Deputies were dispatched to Riverton Hospital to investigate a report of a 7-month-old girl with a broken lower right arm, officials say.

The injury also occurred in Eagle Mountain, according to the sheriff’s office.

After interviewing witnesses, detectives determined the infant’s father, age 17, caused the injury, officials say.

The teenage father was booked into Slate Canyon Youth Detention Center on one count of child abuse, a second-degree felony.

Both children are expected to recover.