LOCAL NEWS

Man indicted after allegedly strangling 5-year-old son in Riverdale store

Apr 26, 2022, 6:23 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:59 pm
FILE PHOTO (KSL TV)...
FILE PHOTO (KSL TV)
(KSL TV)

OGDEN, Utah — A Weber County grand jury indicted a man for child abuse after reportedly lifted his 5-year-old son by the neck from a shopping cart.

Eric Cecil Baron, 37 of Roy faces one felony count of child abuse, according to the indictment filed earlier this month.

The document said a shopper saw a father strangle a child who was sitting in a cart at a Target store in Riverdale on Dec. 4, 2021.

“The shopper described the child was unable to cry or make noise during the strangling incident and observed that after the father let the child go the child began to cry, but seemed like he could not breathe,” the document said.

A Riverdale police officer responded. “The officer obtained surveillance footage which captured the strangling incident where you see the father abruptly grab the child around the neck and lift him up, lasting approximately 5 seconds before letting him go,” the indictment said.

“Police spoke with Eric (Baron) who acknowledged being at Target on that night with O.B. and his other son and that he was frustrated with O.B. that night but did not recall the strangling incident,” the document said.

The indictment did not say if the child suffered any serious injuries.

Baron has a court date scheduled for May 5.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(FILE) Inside the new Utah State Prison located in Salt Lake City. (KSL-TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah State prisons on lockdown after three assaults against officers

Two Utah State prison facilities were placed on lockdown Sunday evening after three corrections officers were injured in the last two weeks. 
1 day ago
Handcuffs in a jail cell FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...
Pat Reavy

7 arrested in drug trafficking investigation in Utah and Salt Lake counties

Utah County law enforcers served search warrants on four homes simultaneously last week, resulting in the arrests of seven people and the seizure of multiple pounds of meth and heroin.
1 day ago
First responders on the scene of the motorcyclist who fell about 50 feet. (Washington County Sherif...
Michael Houck

Rescue crews save woman stuck in remote area and motorcyclist who fell 50 feet

Washington County officials responded to two different search & rescue operations on Sunday.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO...
Michael Houck

Backcountry skier dies after slipping, falling near Lisa Falls

A man is dead after tumbling a "significant distance" while backcountry skiing in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday.
1 day ago
USU student Max Shulga during Saturday night's game....
Shelby Lofton

Utah State community responds to ‘Russia’ chants directed at Ukrainian player

Some USU students say that the Colorado State University students crossed a line that goes beyond simple trash talk during a game.
1 day ago
The collapsed awning at the Wing Pointe Apartments (Heber City Police Department)...
Michael Houck

Snow collapses awning at a Heber apartment complex

Six cars were trapped under a collapsed awning after the Sunday afternoon snowfall. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Man indicted after allegedly strangling 5-year-old son in Riverdale store