|Believe it or not, this guy's classified as "white".|
On Tuesday July 5th, 32-year-old Juan Pablo Rivera-Aguilar was watching the child and her 4-year-old brother when the alleged abuse occurred. Aguilar reportedly punched the girl in the head five times and in the stomach five times; the provocation was not reported. The four-year-old boy was also roughed up; clumps of his hair were pulled out. Police were called to the home on 1836 S. McClelland Street (1040 East) just before 12:30 P.M. and found the girl not breathing. She was taken to the medical center in extremely critical condition; doctors said she was brain dead and unlikely to survive.
But because the girl was still alive at the time, Aguilar was taken into custody and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of 10 counts of child abuse and two counts of violence in the presence of a child. Now that the girl has died, additional charges will likely be screened when the case is taken to the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office. The four-year-old boy has been removed from the home and is in protective custody. KSL news video embedded below:
Aguilar has a criminal past. He pleaded guilty in 1996 to a charge of providing prohibited items to a minor, a class B misdemeanor, and was also convicted of an amended charge of attempting to violate the conditions of his release after being arrested for domestic violence, also a class B misdemeanor.
But there was a glaring omission from the story. In addition to KSL and KSTU, KTVX Channel 4, KUTV Channel 2, and the Salt Lake Tribune also reported on this story, and not a single outlet bothered to report the fact that Rivera-Aguilar is a citizen of Mexico. That information was obtained from the Salt Lake County Jail inmate roster, a screen shot of which I placed at the top of this post. Since the jail record does not indicate that Aguilar is placed on an immigration hold, we can assume he is legally in this country for the moment. But it seems strange that a Mexican citizen would be in this country since at least 1996 and make no effort to get American citizenship. It didn't take long for some enterprising commenter to the Tribune story to discover the information. Another commenter noted that it takes ICE up to a week to put an immigration hold on someone, so don't be surprised if Aguilar proves to be illegal.