LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police records obtained by ABC4 News show a troubled past for accused child killer Alex Whipple, including alleged violence against another family member in 2016. 

According to a police report, officers responded to 1400 N. 400 W. in Logan on March 24, 2016, and spoke with Mary Beth, who was the victim’s mother.

Mary Beth indicated to police that her fiance’s son, Alex Whipple, physically assaulted her son when Alex asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone and the victim would not give it to him.

According to the report, Mary stated her son was on a phone call at the time Whipple, who was very upset, asked to use the cell phone. When Mary confronted Whipple about his behavior, Whipple began punching “yelling and punching walls,” according to the document obtained by ABC4 News. 

The report states that Whipple put holes in the walls, and then stormed into the victim’s room and began punching him in the face and stomach, fleeing the house on foot. 

The report indicates that Whipple’s family did not know where he would go for the night, indicating at the time he was working at Blimpie’s. A police officer indicated in the report that he would make contact with Whipple the next day to arrest him for assault. 

Court documents show Whipple was charged with domestic violence assault for the incident. 

Whipple is now charged with aggravated murder, desecration of a human body and kidnapping in connection to the disappearance and death of his niece, 5-year-old Elizabeth Shelley. 


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