Copperton woman charged with child abuse

Copperton woman charged with child abuse

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Copperton woman faces a criminal charge after her infant was discovered by doctors to have multiple broken bones.

Cassie Forsling Breinholt, 30, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony.

On Sept. 3, a 7-month-old child was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital. According to charging documents, doctors discovered a fractured femur, a fracture in a tibia that was healing, and another older broken rib that was healing.

Breinholt told police the child fell off a changing table, according to charging documents.

“The multiple fractures cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition, reasonable caregiving, accidental trauma history or other benign events. The injuries should be considered consistent with inflicted trauma, i.e., child physical abuse,” the charges state.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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