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5:43 AM Mon, Oct. 22nd

Prescott police make arrest on child abuse charges

Prescott police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday on charges of child abuse after his unresponsive 9-month-old son was taken to the hospital this past month.

Prescott police booked Enrique Soto, 19, of Prescott, into Camp Verde jail on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault on a minor.

Soto and his wife, Briawnna Soto, 19, brought their baby to Yavapai Regional Medical Center at 9 p.m. on Oct. 7 because he was unresponsive after having a seizure, said Lt. Clayton Health, public information officer for the Prescott Police Department.

The baby was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center where he underwent surgery for two subdural brain bleeds, Heath said.

During the surgery, doctors found more internal bleeding consistent with shaken baby syndrome, Heath said.

The baby was later released to his mother, who does not live with the father, Heath said.

Over the course of the investigation, Enrique Soto allegedly told Prescott police detectives he shook the baby on several occasions, Heath said.