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Utah Mother And Her Boyfriend Arrested For Abusing 2-Year-Old Child

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Saturday in Layton, Utah, after police say they suspect the couple had been abusing the woman's 2-year-old child. The toddler died Monday morning, officials have confirmed to Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Jasmine Bridgeman, 23, raised a red flag for hospital workers after she brought her toddler to Davis Hospital at 12:51 a.m. Saturday because the child was having touble breathing. The 2-year-old had injuries that were consistent with ongoing physical abuse as well as recent traumatic injuries, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports. Bridgeman's boyfriend, 34-year-old Joshua Schoenenberger, was also with them at the hospital.

The child had to be transported to Primary Children's Hospital to undergo surgery for the injuries. The child passed away on Monday morning, officials report.

Schoenenberger's past criminal record includes second-degree felony child abuse in 2010 for choking a child and burning him or her on the arm with a cigarette, Deseret News reports. He pleaded guilty at the time to reduced charges of reckless endangerment, which is a class A misdemeanor. He was also reportedly charged with felony drug possession in November 2014, and in January and March of this year.

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Police say they believe the toddler was abused at Schoenenberger's home. It has not been confirmed whether the couple have additional children.

Bridgeman and Schoenenberger were booked into the Davis County Jail. They have reportedly been charged with child abuse, a second-degree felony and child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

An investigation into the toddler's death is ongoing.

Sources: Fox 13 Salt Lake City, Deseret News

Photo Credit: Fox 13 Salt Lake City