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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Provo man stabs child, thinking someone else was in bed with his wife, police say

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News | Updated - Feb. 25, 2021 at 6:32 a.m. | Posted - Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:46 p.m.



PROVO — A Provo man has been arrested after police say he stabbed his 2-year-old daughter, mistakenly believing that another person was in bed with his wife.

Miguel Francisco Rodriguez-Vega, 34, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of child abuse causing serious injury, six counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, criminal mischief and intoxication.

Provo police received a call about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday of a mother rushing her 23-month-old daughter to the hospital after she had been stabbed in the foot, said Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King. The child received stitches and the injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

Investigators learned that Rodriguez-Vega had been up most of the night drinking, King said, when about 3 a.m. at his home near 200 South and 1000 East, he went into his wife's room and started to argue with her. There were a large number of pillows and blankets stacked up near the wife, and Rodriguez-Vega apparently believed someone else was in the bed with her, according to King.

He reacted by pulling out a knife and stabbing the sheets, where his young daughter was underneath, King said, stabbing the child's foot.

Pat Reavy

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