SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Two years ago, Kade Abegglen got a second chance.
He pleaded guilty to two separate cases involving child abuse involving his two children. A Duchesne County judge gave him a break. A sentence of 0-to-5 years in prison was suspended and was placed on 36 months of probation.
Fast forward to 2018 and Abegglen is facing a similar charge of child abuse in Salt Lake County. Last week he was charged with a second-degree felony of child abuse. He’s accused of causing severe head injuries to his 11-month-old son.
“The child was brought to Primary Children’s Hospital with a moving eye, some optical issues,” said Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill.
He said doctors at the hospital discovered the injuries were not consistent with the parent’s story.
“The baby suffered a skull fracture and also some subdural bleeding surrounding the brain that was not consistent with the explanation of dropping the baby on a carpet,” said Gill.
In 2016 in Duchesne County, he pleaded guilty to breaking the bones in the feet of his 2-year-old daughter.
In the second case in Duchesne County, he admitted to inflicting head injuries similar to the Salt Lake case, on his 1-year old son. But he never served time in prison for those cases, just probation. News4Utah attempted to reach both the Duchesne County attorney and Abegglen’s attorney but calls were not returned.
Gill said Abegglen can’t hide from those cases when his office prosecutes him for this latest allegation.
“Like any other case, any history will come into play for sentencing if we get to that point,” said Gill
The case is still under investigation. According to the charges, home surveillance video was deleted three days prior to police arriving at their home in Sandy.
“I know it looks bad but if I don’t do it, the cameras won’t record,” Abegglen allegedly told detectives with Sandy police. The Abegglens live with his wife’s parents who told police the surveillance was for the protection of the children’s parents.
“They said the cameras were placed to prove they were not injuring or harming their kids and to avoid any further unwanted prosecutions like in (Duchesne County),” her parents allegedly told police.
But police obtained the deleted SD card and were able to retrieve the video. The video shows Kade’s mother telling him what he and his wife should tell the hospital staff. The video shows Kade repeating those instructions back to his mother. He then called his wife telling her the story they should be telling hospital staff.