A Tooele woman has been charged in 3rd District Court with a pair of felonies connected to alleged incidents of abuse that occured in April.
Kharyn-Ashley C. Goodwin, 24, is charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault producing a loss of consciousness and second-degree felony child abuse to inflict serious physical injury intentionally.
The state Division of Child and Family Services provided Tooele City police with allegations of abuse by a 12-year-old who was possibly being abused by Goodwin, who was in a position of trust, according to a probable cause statement. Information provided to police included pictures of bruises and marks on the child, such as a bump on the back of the child’s head.
The child reported the bump on their head was caused when Goodwin pushed them, causing them to trip over and hit their head on the floor, the statement said. They also reported scratches on their chest and shoulder, which they said were caused by Goodwin the previous night.
In an interview, the child told police they were eating dinner and Goodwin had the child place their hands on the table, then started making small cuts with a knife, causing the child to pull their hands back, the probable cause statement said. The child also said Goodwin threatened them with additional abuse, such as cutting their arms or hitting their kneecaps with a hammer.
When the child attempted to run away, they said Goodwin grabbed them by the ear, then pushed them, the statement said. As a result of the push, the child said they fell and hit their head on the floor.
Photos of the child showed the bruise to the head, a scratch on the child’s ear and what appeared to be small cuts on the child’s hand, according to the probable cause statement.
The child also described another earlier incident in which Goodwin allegedly woke them from a nap, grabbed them by the throat and choked them while holding a knife, the statement said.
Police spoke with Goodwin at her home and she allowed police and DCFS officials to speak with two children at the residence, the probable cause statement said.
Goodwin told police she did ask for a knife from an 8-year-old child at the home while near the 12-year-old victim, which she said was for “intimidation,” but it never made contact with the child, the statement said. She admitted to scratching the 12-year-old on the shoulder and chest, and said she pushed the child to get them away from her, which caused the fall and head injury.
Goodwin denied ever choking the 12-year-old child, according to the probable cause statement.
Goodwin is scheduled to make her initial appearance in 3rd District Court this morning before Judge Matthew Bates.