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Roy dad pleads guilty to abusing baby who tested positive for meth, THC

Roy dad pleads guilty to abusing baby who tested positive for meth, THC

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OGDEN — A Roy man has pleaded guilty to abusing his 5-week-old son, who in addition to physical injuries tested positive for methamphetamine and THC.

Antonio Jose Tamez, 26, pleaded guilty July 13 to intentional child abuse causing serious injury, a second-degree felony, while a third-degree felony charge of child endangerment was dismissed.

The investigation began last August when Tamez's 5-week-old son was taken to Primary Children's Hospital for seizures. Doctors there discovered the infant had "multiple broken bones" and serious head injuries, according to court documents.

Tamez "admitted to slapping the (boy's) stomach … to see his reaction, causing a large bruise on the baby's stomach," and told multiple people that he had been "too rough" with his son, charges state.

A hair follicle test performed on the infant in October also yielded positive results for meth and THC, the charges allege.

According to the charges, the boy was alone with Tamez when he was injured and at the time that he would have ingested the drugs.

Charges were filed against Tamez in December. A warrant for his arrest was issued May 4 when he failed to appear for a hearing. He was arrested again and his bail revoked early this month, according to court documents. He is currently in custody in the Weber County Jail.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 24. Tamez faces a potential sentence of at least one year and up to 15 years in prison.

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