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Police charge 2 PV men with child abuse

Police arrested a 20-year-old Prescott Valley man last Jan. 13 and charged him with five counts of felony child abuse in the injury of his five-month-old son. Police also charged another PV man with abusing two children in an unrelated case.

Prescott Valley Police Lt. P.J. Janik said Jeremy Bredvig brought his baby to Yavapai Regional Medical Center late last Sunday night for treatment of a burn to his hand. When doctors examined the child further, Janik said, they found fractures in both legs below the knees and healing fractures to two ribs and one thigh bone.

The hand injury, a second degree burn, came from a vaporizer that was in the child's house, Janik said. While police do not know if the injury was intentional, they included the burn in the child abuse charges, he said, because such charges can include negligence as well as intentional abuse.

Janik said Bredvig told investigators he lost his temper on occasion and injured the child.

Hospital personnel treated the baby and released him into the custody of family members, Janik said. Police did not include the baby's mother in charges.

Police booked Bredvig into Yavapai County jail, where he remains in lieu of $50,000 bond.

In the second child abuse case, Janik said police officers responded to a report of a possibly suicidal man in a residence on the 9600 block of Lakeshore Drive at about 3 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. The officers found the man, 20-year-old Jason W. Hoss, to be "highly intoxicated," Janik said. When the officers checked on a crying infant they found an 11-month-old boy with two black eyes, a bloody nose and multiple bruises and abrasions to the head. CYFD paramedics called a helicopter to airlift the infant to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix with serious injuries.

Investigators learned that a two-year-old girl living at the residence had been admitted to Yavapai Regional Medical Center several hours earlier. Janik said the child suffered bruising about the head and shoulders and strangulation marks to her neck. Police released that child to Child Protective Services. Police have not charged the mother, who took the child to the hospital.

Hoss is in county jail on two counts of aggravated assault with injuries and two counts of child abuse and intentional injury. A judge set his bond at $250,000.

Janik said Hoss was on probation for aggravated assault at the time of this incident. Police continue to investigate the matter.

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