Man allegedly admits to slapping, choking, kicking 9-month-old infant

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ST. GEORGE — A 25-year-old Hurricane City man who was arrested last week on two second-degree felony counts of intentional child abuse was scheduled for a roll call hearing in 5th District Court Monday afternoon.

Dakota Ross Woolsey, who is being held at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash-only bail, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of physically abusing a 9-month-old infant who was subsequently transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Dakota Ross Woolsey, of Hurricane, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 28, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Dakota Ross Woolsey, of Hurricane, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 28, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

During the course of the investigation, Woolsey allegedly admitted to slapping, choking and kicking the 9-month-old boy, who was found by doctors to have had fractured ribs and a fractured right tibia and fibula, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Hurricane City Police Department in support of the arrest.

Officers responded to the child abuse report Tuesday at a Hurricane residence where Woolsey had been babysitting his girlfriend’s 9-month-old boy as well as her 3-year-old boy while she went to a job interview, according to the report.

When officers arrived at the residence, they found that the 9-month-old had bruising on his left eye with blood spots in his eye, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement. The infant also had contusion marks on his chest, neck and back area as well as trauma on his forehead and jaw.

When officers questioned Woolsey at the police department, they asked him to run them through his day.

Woolsey initially told officers he didn’t know what had happened and that the child was fine when he put him down for a nap, the report stated. When his girlfriend returned home, Woolsey told police he woke up the 9-month-old from his nap and showed his girlfriend the infant’s injuries.

Woolsey told officers while he was babysitting he heard the 9-month-old crying and when he went to check on him, found the infant was OK. According to the report, Woolsey then changed his story and stated there was some redness around the infant’s eye.

When the 9-month-old became fussy again, Woolsey said he made him a bottle and put him down for a nap. Woolsey admitted “he was frustrated and that the victim wouldn’t stop crying,” but denied doing anything to hurt the 9-month-old, the report stated.

When an officer told Woolsey what he thought Woolsey had done to the child, Woolsey allegedly agreed with him and admitted that he had “slapped the boy in the face,” the officer wrote in the statement. When the officer asked him how hard he slapped the infant, Woolsey reportedly said he “slapped him really hard with the palm of his hand.”

When asked about the marks around the boy’s chest and back, Woolsey said he didn’t know how they had gotten there, but then “he admitted to trying to choke the baby to get him to stop crying” – hard enough that the infant was “gasping for air,” according to the probable cause statement.

Following a medical evaluation, police were informed by hospital personnel that the 9-month-old had fractured ribs and a fractured right tibia and fibula, the report stated. These injuries were found to have been from an earlier date.

When Woolsey was asked about these injuries, he first said he didn’t know before allegedly admitting to kicking the infant.

“I asked how hard and he told me he didn’t remember,” the officer wrote in the statement. “He stated he didn’t remember because, when he gets mad, he blacks out.”

Woolsey told the officer he didn’t know what happened to the child’s leg.

Woolsey was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance and is being represented by court-appointed attorney Ariel Taylor. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 11.

According to Utah Court documents, Woolsey is also facing a third-degree felony charge of aggravated assault after his girlfriend told police that Woolsey had held her down with a knife in August and threatened to cut her.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • .... October 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting that someone would do this to another human being let alone a helpless child. I don’t care what it cost tax payers to house and feed this individual he should never be let out of prison. and if her complaint about the time he held a knife to her throat and held her down. .and she still left her child with him ? ….lady are you nuts ? she should be held responsible for what happened to her child also

  • Bob October 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    u tell ’em, Dump! Let’s get Dump nominated for the supreme court. I’m sure Dump will bring justice to all the world, LOL! a good first step is getting him back on his lithium tho. baby steps, Dump. let’s get u back to mental health.

    • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Slow day for you eh stupid ?

  • Dusty October 4, 2016 at 8:13 am

    It may not be very nice of me, but I hope when this person goes to prison they don’t seclude him from the other prisoners and they let it be known what he is in there for.

  • Kristi October 4, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I agree… Why would you leave your baby with someone that just threatened to cut you to the point of killing you. He probably would have killed that baby too at that time. Mom you need to be a better judge of people before you leave them with your baby. That baby comes first and if you are in need of a babysitter and you’ve tried everywhere and no one can help,then jj you talk to your boss and don’t go in that night. But you better have yourself a babysitter before the nights over! That little boy comes first mm everything!!!

    • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I’m surprised the baby isn’t dead. this is a sick individual that needs to be left in a cage

  • sagemoon October 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Scum bag.

  • Katie October 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    That poor baby… & the guilt this mother will feel. We all make mistakes as parents, & what a horrific price to pay in lieu of a poor choice!
    May God bless this family and heal them all inside and out!
    As for the p.o.s. that did this to a child…. karma will find him.

    • .... October 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I hope karma shows no mercy !

  • RealMcCoy October 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I vote we leave him strapped up in a hot car in the summer until dead.
    He lives in Hurricane, and they happen to have a resident that specializes in ‘death by hot car’.
    Justice would be well served.

    • ladybugavenger October 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm


      • RealMcCoy October 4, 2016 at 4:57 pm

        No #fundraiser for this monster.
        I would, however, support a #fundraiser for his cellmate to give him some #prisonjustice on a nightly basis.

      • .... October 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        Ok with the fundraiser but he ain’t getting any Cheetos and Coke !!

    • ladybugavenger October 5, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      #fundraiser to you Real M C. For bringing up baby, hot car and hurricane. This guy needs life in prison with abuse.

      • RealMcCoy October 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        All proceeds from the #fundraiser will go to that poor baby.
        A secondary #fundraiser will go to fully fund the commissary account of Woolsey’s cellmate, to ensure he gives Woolsey all the #prisonjustice he can and can’t handle.
        Let’s hope he ends up in Julio Cesar Garza’s cell. I hear he needs a new cellmate…

  • .... October 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I see the Amazing Bob oozed in and left another one of his stupid and useless comments

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