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Orem woman caused 36 injuries to toddler in 3 days, police say

Sally Lacayo, 47, of Orem, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2020, for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and felony child abuse involving a 14-month-old girl she was tending.
Sally Lacayo, 47, of Orem, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2020, for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and felony child abuse involving a 14-month-old girl she was tending.
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OREM — Orem police have arrested a woman accused of abusing a 14-month-old girl who was found with 36 individual injuries, including bite marks all over her body.

Sally Lacayo, 47, of Orem, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and felony child abuse.

The investigation began on Feb. 2 when police reported finding Lacayo in her home with an injury to her wrist, which was bleeding.

“The female appeared to be impaired on an unknown substance and unable to communicate with officers or paramedics,” a police booking affidavit states.

While on scene, officers also noticed a 14-month-old girl with injuries.

“Paramedics on scene conducted an initial assessment and found several injuries which appeared to be adult human bite marks as well as a possible burn mark from a cigarette. The injuries all appeared to be fairly recent,” according to the affidavit.

An evaluation by doctors “revealed substantial evidence to support the child was a recent victim of severe physical and sexual abuse with several human bite marks covering multiple areas of her body,” the affidavit states. “After a detailed exam, 36 individual injuries were observed covering (the child’s) body.”

A forensic nurse who conducted the exam told police the bite marks “would have been very painful based on the full imprints of teeth clearly visible in many of the injuries. The sheer number of injuries this child sustained would be terrifying and painful for anyone, let alone a child of this age who would have been unable to defend herself or summon help,” according to the affidavit.

“It should also be noted the injuries observed by law enforcement investigators were extremely appalling and caused emotional distress to those involved.”

Investigators determined the injuries occurred during a three-day period when Lacayo was watching the child.

When interviewed by detectives, Lacayo admitted becoming upset with the child and injuring her, the affidavit states. “Sally further admitted she later bit her own wrist to punish herself for what she did.”