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Sandy woman arrested in child abuse investigation

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Sandy woman arrested in child abuse investigation

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News | Posted - Mar. 10, 2020 at 6:03 p.m.

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SANDY — A woman was arrested by Sandy police after officers found her two young children had suffered numerous injuries, according to an affidavit.

Jennifer Stanford, 39, of Sandy, was arrested Saturday for investigation of five counts of child abuse.

The investigation began after Stanford herself called police to report her son was the victim of possible sexual assault, according to the affidavit. When officers arrived, they learned the sexual assault allegations were false, but did observe “serious physical injuries” on the son, the affidavit states.

“The child was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital where a laceration was discovered under his left eye, dried blood appeared to have been coming from his nose, he had a burst eardrum, obvious bruising and swelling was seen all over his face and petechiae was discovered in his eyes. There was also bruising on his arms and his legs,” according to the affidavit.

The boy is 2 years old, according to police. His sister is 18 months old. She was found to have a large scrape on her forehead above her eye, the affidavit states.

“Most of the injuries were fresh on the children,” according to the affidavit.

According to police, both children were treated for their injuries and released from the hospital. The children were turned over to another family member, police stated.

When formally questioned about the injuries, Stanford said “she may have struck the male victim while she was upset,” the affidavit states.


Pat Reavy


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