Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 29, 2014
Tooele man faces criminal charges for alleged abuse of his parents

A Tooele man is facing criminal charges for allegedly abusing his elderly mother and father.

The 56-year-old man, whose name the Transcript-Bulletin is withholding in effort to protect the identities of the victims, was arrested and charged with intentional aggravated assault of a disabled or elderly adult, a second-degree felony, Thursday.

The charges came about after the man and his 76-year-old mother brought his 82-year-old father to Mountain West Medical Center earlier this month, reporting that the older man had fallen and hit his head on a coffee table, according to a probable cause statement.

Medical staff told officers, however, that the victim and his wife later told them he had bruises around his eyes because his son would “pop” him for arguing with him, according to the statement.

He was admitted to the intensive care unit after tests showed possible bleeding in his brain, according to the statement, and further examination found he had a fractured rib, a hygiene- related infection, bruising around his throat and jaw, and a body mass index, or BMI, of 2 percent.

According to medical standards, a “normal” BMI range, calculated with the person’s height and weight, is between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI below 18.5 is considered “underweight” for an average adult.

When an officer from the Tooele City Police Department went to the victim’s home to speak with his wife and son, the officer reported he could smell a strong odor of urine and feces, according to the statement. He saw a bucket and a large soda pop bottle near where the woman was seated, according to the statement, and the woman told the officer that she cannot walk so she had to use the bucket and bottle to relieve herself.

The woman also told the officer that her son and her husband get into arguments and her husband yells and calls her son names, which leads her son to “pop” her husband and grab him in a choking fashion, the report states.

When the officer asked the son about the allegations, he said he did get frustrated at times with his father, and while he did not hit his father, he occasionally grabbed him in the face and jaw area in an effort to get his attention, according to the statement, and the bruises and other injuries on his father are because the older man fell frequently.

The 56-year-old man made his first appearance in 3rd District Court Monday. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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