Provo, UT— While child-sitting on December 30 for his girlfriend, Jason Arias, 23, severely beat and injured a 23-month-old baby. At 8 pm, Arias contacted the child’s mother at work and told her that the child had accidently fallen off the table and that the child was not well. According to Arias, the 23 month old was a bit sleepy and had a fresh bruise on his forehead. When the child’s mother came home from work she found that the child was extremely lethargic but did nothing to address the child’s potential injuries.
The child’s condition worsened the following day when he began vomiting, and the child’s mother brought the child to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Upon examination the child was found with hand-shaped and fist shaped red marks on his face and abdomen, and bruises were located on his abdomen, buttocks, and head. The child also had a scab located above his right eye: the bruises were fresh and no more than 24 hours old. The child’s mother asserted that the scab over the toddler’s eye came from an accident with a sibling but that the bruises were new to her. Arias admitted he had struck the child, and asserted that he open-handedly smacked the child two times, spanked him severely, and punched the child in the abdomen. Arias was immediately arrested, sits in the Utah County Jail, and has a cash-only $25,000 bail set. No further updates on the child’s condition are available at this time.
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