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A 22-month-old Roy girl who died last month likely was the victim of child abuse, newly released warrants say.
The warrants, made public on Wednesday, describe the child's injuries, including bruising and bite marks on her cheeks and evidence of strangulation.
The toddler was unconscious in her crib when her mother's boyfriend found her shortly after 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 12, the man told police. The child had fallen the day before, he told investigators, and had an intermittent fever. The man said he told his girlfriend about the child's fall, but the mother "did not see any visible injuries on her."
Medical personnel on the scene "did not believe that the injuries were consistent with that story," warrants state. The child was taken to Primary Children's Hospital, where doctors found bruising on her neck "that appears to be a result of strangulation," warrants say. Doctors also discovered a "subdural hematoma," which was "pushing her brain," warrants state. The child was unresponsive, doctors told police, and her injuries "[did] not appear to be survivable" and were a result of "nonaccidental trauma."
Police collected "evidence of child abuse," warrants state, including DNA samples from the toddler's mother, her mother's boyfriend and her mother's foster father all who lived with the child.
Roy police continue to investigate the incident, said Sgt. Matthew Gwynn on Friday.
"The case remains a priority," he said.
The department is not releasing names in the case, Gwynn said, including the name of the girl or any potential suspects. There have been no arrests.
He said: "We're letting the warrant speak for itself."