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Police arrest Utah man charged with child abuse

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Sep. 19, 2019 at 3:02 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A White City man wanted on charges of child abuse has been arrested.

A $100,000 arrest warrant was issued Monday for Anthony Taufalei Tuatonga, 23, on a charge of child abuse, a second-degree felony. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday.

According to charging documents, a 4-month-old boy was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in November where doctors found the boy “had bruising in his mouth and on his arms, bleeding in his skull and a fracture to his right arm.”

The boy’s mother told doctors her son was born with a brain bleed, but “the latest medical reports were that the bleeding had worsened,” according to charging documents.

Doctors also determined the fracture to the boy's arm was in a healing stage, the charges state.

When Tuatonga was interviewed, he admitted to grabbing the boy by the arms to play with him, but said he did it “pretty hard” and he heard a “snapping sound” when he did it, followed by a “painful cry” by the boy, according to the charges. He said he did not tell anyone about the incident, according to the charges.

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