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Utah Domestic Violence Coalition issues statement on death of Millcreek toddler

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Posted at 8:43 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 22:43:48-04

MILLCREEK, Utah — A toddler in Millcreek is dead and his stepfather is facing criminal charges, and Sunday the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition urged Utahns to be vigilant when it comes to abuse.

According to a press release from the Unified Police Department, 18-month-old Ethan Antes died Sunday at 9:52 a.m. after he was flown to a hospital Friday night. The boy was reportedly found face down in a bathtub.

Codey JolleyHis stepfather, Codey Jolley, faces charges in the death and it is anticipated those charges will now be amended to include child abuse homicide. A statement of Probable Cause alleges Ethan suffered injuries several times while home alone with Jolley in recent weeks. 

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition states the tragic death is a reminder for Utahns to be vigilant about watching out for and reporting any signs of abuse.

“The tragic death of the 16-month-old toddler in Millcreek this weekend is a strong reminder of the need for more domestic abuse awareness, prevention, support and resources in Utah. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of the toddler – his death and the abuse he experienced leading up to it are both horrific. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse and everyone can prevent domestic abuse. We encourage neighbors, family, friends, coworkers and anyone else who suspects domestic abuse and/or violence to report it to law enforcement. If they can safely do so, we also encourage them to reach out to those who are being victimized, share their concerns, listen to their feedback and connect them with resources and professionals in their community. Our LINKLine is a free, confidential 24-hour hotline dedicated to informing and supporting all Utahns.”

Help is available through a 24-hour hotline by calling 1-800-897-5465. More information and resources are also available at their website. 

For more information about domestic violence in Utah, click here.