OGDEN – An Ogden man has been charged with causing serious injury to his 8-week-old son, who is believed to have been hospitalized with a fractured skull and a brain haemorrhage.
Police and paramedics responded to a report on Saturday of a baby in cardiac arrest. The boy was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition. According to a probable cause statement from the Ogden Police Department, hospital staff told officers the infant also had what appeared to be older injuries.
The child was in the care of his father, David W. Harder, 20, of Ogden, according to an affidavit of arrest. Police said Harder told them he shook the baby twice, and the latest incident prompted the 911 call.
Harder was incarcerated in Weber County Jail and sentenced to detention without bond. The Weber County District Attorney’s Office charged him Wednesday with two counts of second-degree felony aggravated child abuse, intentionally and knowingly.
Efforts to contact Harder’s attorney, Kevin Richards, were not immediately successful.
An update on the child’s condition was also not available. The police department did not immediately return a phone call requesting this information.
Police requested in the arrest affidavit that Harder be held without bond as they claimed he could flee if released pending trial due to his ties outside of the State. Harder should also be detained for his own protection because he has been suicidal since Saturday, according to the affidavit.