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Springville man arrested in brutal abuse of baby girl

Philip Cloid Hatfield, 27, of Springville, was booked into the Utah County Jail early Sunday for investigation of attempted aggravated murder, child abuse, assault, three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child and lewdness involving the br
Philip Cloid Hatfield, 27, of Springville, was booked into the Utah County Jail early Sunday for investigation of attempted aggravated murder, child abuse, assault, three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child and lewdness involving the brutal abuse of a 4-month-old girl, police say.
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SPRINGVILLE — Police have arrested a Springville man who they say told officers he tried to kill his infant daughter by throwing her on the floor and against a wall, and then rubbing broken glass in her eyes.

Philip Cloid Hatfield, 27, was booked into the Utah County Jail early Sunday for investigation of attempted aggravated murder, child abuse, assault, three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, and lewdness.

The infant was taken to a local hospital with a possible skull fracture, back injuries and a "deformed leg," according to a police affidavit.

Springville police reported Monday: "Doctors say the child will be released from the hospital soon."

About 2:20 a.m., police were called to Hatfield's Springville house on an unknown problem. They arrived to find Hatfield naked in the street "while shouting he had killed his infant daughter and needed to be arrested. He appeared confused and was easily agitated," the affidavit states.

Officers said Hatfield appeared to be under the influence of drugs. They took him into custody and then found his wife "holding what appeared to be a lifeless 4-month-old infant," according to the report. Two other children, ages 2 and 4, were also in the house.

Hatfield told police he had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day and that he takes prescription medication. He said he got into an argument with his wife and "wanted to show her that he could kill the infant," the report states.

Hatfield stated that he went out of his way to retrieve the infant from her bed downstairs. He then threw her against a wall, threw her down onto a pool table and rubbed broken glass in her eyes," according to the report.

"During the course of the interview, Hatfield asked multiple times how the infant was because the things that he did were 'heinous,' and she should be dead. When asked if he was trying to kill the infant, he stated he knew it wasn't right to say, but yes he was trying to kill the infant," according to the affidavit.

The report did not say why Hatfield allegedly wanted to harm his daughter.

According to court records, Hatfield has a history of intoxication and disorderly conduct.