KEARNS — A man was charged Wednesday with confronting two boys who were throwing rocks, then punching an 12-year-old and breaking his jaw.
Andrew Scott Ross, 26, whose address was not listed, was charged in 3rd District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony.
On Sept. 16, Ross confronted two boys, ages 11 and 12, who were throwing rocks down a hill by homes near Kearns High School, charging documents state. He came out of one of the nearby homes and allegedly yelled at them about throwing the rocks.
The boys "apologized and tried to explain that they were sorry and told the male that they weren't throwing them at the houses," according to the charges.
Ross then punched the 12-year-old boy in the jaw and went back inside one of the nearby homes, the charges state. The boy's jaw was broken in two places and had to be wired shut, according to police. The boy later identified Ross from a police photo lineup as the man who had attacked him.
Ross was released from prison on Aug. 30, charging documents state. He was charged Aug. 25 with misdemeanor drug and drug paraphernalia possession for alleged offenses stemming from November 2015, but a warrant was issued Sept. 22 for his arrest in that case because of his failure to appear for a hearing, according to state court records. The case is unresolved.
Police issued a warrant for Ross' arrest Wednesday "to protect the community" and to ensure that he will appear in court. The charges indicate that he has had four parole violations.
Ross's prior criminal history in Utah consists of convictions for attempted kidnapping, attempted robbery, criminal mischief and theft of services.