ROY, Utah – A Utah man is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, and aggravated child abuse following the death of a 2-year-old boy and serious injury to his twin sister. Jonathan Allen Dunn, who has a previous conviction for child abuse, was babysitting the twins in Roy, Utah, when the alleged abuse occurred.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Dunn is accused of punching the boy and girl in the back and chest, pinching them, throwing them on the bed, and pushing them into the door frame. Dunn also allegedly administered children’s Tylenol and other medicines to the siblings. Additionally, he admitted to hitting the children with a hard foam mallet and the butt of a Nerf gun, as well as pinching their genitalia, according to police.
On the morning of December 21, the boy was wheezing, and Dunn said he gave him more cough medicine. Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., the boy stopped breathing, officers said Dunn told them. Dunn called 911 after finding the boy unresponsive. When the authorities arrived, they found the girl with visible bruises on her face and her brother not breathing. The boy was pronounced dead, and rushed the girl to the hospital. Reports indicate that the girl was suffering a brain bleed. According to police, both children had bruising all over their bodies.
In a GoFundMe campaign set up to assist his family with funeral expenses and medical bills, the boy was identified as Aleister.
As of now, it remains unclear whether Dunn has entered a plea. According to court records, he is represented by a public defender, but no contact has been made with the lawyer at this time. Dunn had previously served two years in prison for breaking a child’s arm seven years ago.
The incident has sparked public outrage and heightened concerns about child abuse prevention and the safety of children in the care of others. Authorities are continuing their investigation into the case, but no further details have been released.