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Police: Utahn said he 'probably' abused baby, but was too drunk to remember

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Mar 8th, 2019 @ 10:46am


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TAYLORSVILLE — A man accused of abusing a baby told police he may have done it, but he was too drunk to remember, according to police.

David Mora, 20, of Provo, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of child abuse causing serious injury and interrupting a communication device.

Tuesday night, the mother of a 7-month-old girl arrived at home after work to find her daughter had bruising on her face and head and was in "an altered mental status," a police affidavit states. Mora, who was baby-sitting the girl, was asleep on the floor.

"(The girl) was hard to arouse and … would not cry," according to the report.

As the mother tried to call 911, her boyfriend, Mora, "told her not to call 911 and took her phone and hung up," the report states.

Emergency dispatchers called the mother back, however, after the line disconnected and she was able to talk to them.

When Unified police officers arrived, they found the child "with various contusions on her body that appeared to be not accidental trauma," the report states.

The baby was taken to Primary Children's Hospital and "admitted to (the hospital) with a skull fracture, abdominal injuries and several contusions," according to the report.

Police went looking for Mora and eventually found him and interviewed him.

"David said he was drinking and drunk at the time. David said he probably caused the injuries but could not remember," the report states.

Mora pleaded no contest to drug possession in April 2018, and has other misdemeanor drug-related arrests dating back to at least 2016, according to court records.

Help with Children
  • Those who feel stressed out with a child, who need a break or who feel like they need counseling or training can reach out to one of the following agencies:
  • The Family Support Center has 15 locations throughout the state and offers a free crisis nursery for parents who have to keep appointments or who are stressed out. They also offer counseling and family mentoring. Call 801-955-9110 or visit familysupportcenter.org/contact.php for more information.
  • The Division of Child and Family Services offers counseling, teaches parenting skills and conflict resolution and can connect the family with community resources. Their goal is to keep children with their family when it is "possible and safe." Read more at visitdcfs.utah.gov/questions/or call 801-538-4100.
  • The Christmas Box House acts as a temporary shelter for children and can provide them with new clothing and shoes, among other services. Call the Salt Lake office at 801-747-2201 or the Ogden office at 801-866-0350.
  • Birth parents in Utah can safely and anonymously give up custody of their newborn child at any hospital in the state, with no legal consequences and no questions asked. The child’s mother can drop off the child, or the mother can ask someone else to do it for her. The newborns should be dropped off at hospitals that are open 24 hours a day. Newborns given up in this manner will be cared for by the hospital staff, and the Utah Division of Child and Family Services will find a home for the child. For more information, visit utahsafehaven.org or call the 24-hour hotline at 866-458-0058.


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