SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 30, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Salt Lake County man has been charged with felony abuse of a disabled child after the suspect allegedly squeezed the boy’s head, making it hard for the child to breathe.
Jacob David Goldman, 39, faces preliminary charges of suspicion of child abuse, a second-degree felony; and abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony.
The alleged victim — a 12-year-old child who is partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair — told police that on multiple occasions, Goldman “got angry with him and used his hands to squeeze the sides of (the boy’s) head,” a probable cause statement says.
“On the most recent occasion, Goldman squeezed (the boy’s) head hard enough that he did not feel like he could breathe, and that after Goldman stopped, (the boy) heard a buzzing noise in his ears,” the statement says.
The 12-year-old also told police that in May, Goldman had choked him, cutting off the child’s air supply and causing him to make choking sounds.
A warrant has been issued for Goldman’s arrest, according to court records. As of Tuesday morning, he was not in custody.