Riverdale Woman Arrested for Allegedly Killing 2-Month-Old Son
In a heartbreaking turn of events, a 26-year-old woman from Riverdale, Utah has been taken into custody for allegedly causing the death of her 2-month-old son. Bryce Jo Harkins now faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated murder, as authorities believe she displayed a reckless indifference to human life.
According to court documents, the tragedy unfolded on Sunday, January 14, when a call reporting an infant in distress was made to the police. The caller repeatedly stated that the baby was no longer breathing. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders discovered the lifeless body of the 2-month-old with multiple injuries consistent with aggravated child abuse.
The baby had been under the care of his mother, Bryce Jo Harkins, at the time of the incident. During police questioning, Harkins admitted to striking her son with a forceful punch to the head after he had been crying relentlessly. She showed a disturbing lack of concern for her son’s well-being by not seeking medical assistance when he began to experience difficulty breathing.
Further investigation revealed that this was not the first instance of abuse inflicted upon the infant. Harkins admitted to backhanding her son, leaving a bruise on his forehead, as well as throwing him into his crib from a height of one to two feet. She also confessed to pushing down on his chest while he was in the crib.
In a chilling statement, police reported in a booking affidavit that Harkins acknowledged knowing that her actions could cause harm to her son. Her complete disregard for his life and her participation in the commission of aggravated child abuse ultimately led to his tragic death.
It is important to remember that all charges are allegations at this stage, and Bryce Jo Harkins is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This devastating incident has sent shockwaves through the Riverdale community, as residents grapple with the loss of a young life and the horror of such a senseless act. The local authorities are committed to ensuring that justice is served, and that incidents of child abuse are met with the full force of the law.
As the investigation continues, the community mourns the loss of the innocent baby and stands united against any form of violence towards children.