FARMINGTON — A Woods Cross man has been charged with child abuse after he allegedly broke his 6-month old son’s femur and shoulder blade.
Ryan Keith Knight, 25, was charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse following his June 13 arrest.
Charging documents indicate the infant’s mother noticed her son’s leg was bent in a strange direction,” and that the child was irritable.
Knight had allegedly been the child’s caregiver before the mother saw the injury. Court documents say she took the baby to a doctor and X-rays showed fractures on his femur and around his shoulder blade.
Woods Cross Police received a report from the state Division of Family Services about the boy, who was being treated at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
Knight had made some “inconsistent statements to DCFS employees” about the boy’s injuries, court documents say.
While being interviewed by police, Knight waived his Miranda rights and admitted to pulling and twisting” the baby’s legs, according to the charging documents.
He allegedly told police he had not intentionally hurt the boy.
Knight posted $10,000 bail and was released from the Davis County Jail.
If convicted, Knight could be sentenced to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison on each count.