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Police: Babysitter killed 2-year-old boy, injured twin sister, claims ‘anger got the best of him’

Dec 22, 2023, 7:14 AM | Updated: 2:23 pm

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Police are investigating a child abuse incident that led to the death of a 2-year-old boy and the hospitalization of a 2-year-old girl. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

ROY — A man previously convicted of child abuse has been arrested in Roy and accused of abusing 2-year-old twins over an extended period of time while babysitting them, killing one boy and seriously injuring his twin sister.

Johnathan Allen Dunn, 36, was arrested Thursday and by Friday afternoon he was charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated murder and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, first-degree felonies; and aggravated child abuse, a second-degree felony. In the court order to hold Dunn without bail pending trial, it states that his “current offense is a capital felony” while charging documents add that “he is charged with aggravated murder, which can carry with it the possibility of the death penalty.”

His initial court appears is scheduled for Tuesday.

The disturbing series of events began about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while Dunn was playing a game with the children, he told investigators according to a police booking affidavit.

“He began to punch the male and female child repeatedly in the back and sides and chest. Jonathan stated that he was hitting them harder than he should have,” the affidavit states. Dunn then “began to pinch the children repeatedly all over their body,” including pinching their genitals hard, and threw the children on a bed multiple times.

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Police: Babysitter killed 2-year-old boy, injured twin sister, claims ‘anger got the best of him’