Local man charged with aggravated child abuse, accused of breaking baby’s arm

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Gillette man has been charged with aggravated child abuse with prosecutors accusing him of breaking a 9-week-old baby’s arm and causing bruising, Campbell County court records say.

Logan Kanatzar, 19, is charged with one count of felony aggravated child abuse after he was found to be the only one alone with a 9-week-old baby before she was admitted to the emergency room with injuries consistent with non-accidental trauma, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

The baby had a fractured radius and ulna in her right arm, per the affidavit, in addition to a cut and bruising on her right ear and lip.

One of the breaks in the baby’s arm appeared to be a spiral fracture, according to the affidavit, and the injuries reportedly occurred between June 27 and June 29, when Kanatzar was alone with the child.

The mother of the baby reportedly left her in Kanatzar’s care, who is not the child’s father but lives in the same residence, and later got a text message from him stating that the child had blood in her mouth, the affidavit states.

She took the baby to their pediatrician because the baby was in pain, who in turn directed her to take the baby to the emergency room, per the affidavit, where the child’s injuries were reported to the Gillette Police Department.

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Kanatzar reportedly told the mother, and later police detectives, that the blood in the baby’s mouth was from “thrush,” a fungal infection in the mouth, the affidavit states, though other household residents denied ever seeing the baby bleeding from her mouth.

During his interview with detectives, Kanatzar denied doing anything to the baby that could have caused bruising, aside from one instance where he may have swaddled her too tightly and admitted to squeezing her too hard as he did so, per the affidavit.

He claimed that the baby was crying, that he was exhausted at the time and had gotten overwhelmed, the affidavit states.

“I wasn’t trying to be rough or anything,” Kanatzar told detectives in a follow up interview, according to the affidavit. “If you would have been there to see, I’m sure you would probably say I was a little rougher than I should have been.”

Kanatzar was arraigned on the charges before Circuit Court Judge Paul Phillips on Aug. 3, who set bond for the defendant at $50,000 cash or commercial surety.