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Vernal man goes to court this month for child abuse of an 8-year-old

Posted by Travis Uresk | April 5th, 2023 | Child Abuse |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 10/31/21, Detective Tribe conducted a Forensic interview using the NICHD guidelines related to allegations of child physical abuse.

The Detective interviewed an 8-year-old male child. During the interview, he disclosed a physical incident with 31-year-old Dylan Joshua Watkins at home in Vernal, Utah, on or about Thursday, 10/28/2021.

The child stated he was inside his bedroom when Dylan came in and grabbed him by the throat to the point he couldn't breathe. Dylan threw him to the ground causing him to smash his face into the carpeted floor. When his face hit the floor, his head was fuzzy, and he couldn't see.

The child victim said his nose began to bleed, and his lip was fat. He stumbled his way into the bathroom, continuing to struggle to see, and subsequently fell into the bathtub.

The child victim told Detective Tribe he had to clean blood from his face, chest, and legs.

The victim also disclosed multiple other incidents of physical abuse at the hands of Dylan Watkins.

On this same date, 10/31/21, Detective Tribe contacted Dylan Watkins at his home. While speaking with Watkins, he openly talked about disciplining his children.

Dylan specifically told the Detective about the event with the 8-year-old child that occurred on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. Dylan admitted to getting angry with the victim in the bedroom and blamed his anger on being overworked recently, working night shifts.

Watkins told the Detective he grabbed the victim by the back of the neck and pushed him with force into the carpet face first. He also admitted that this resulted in the victim getting a fat lip and a bloody nose.

Dylan took Detective Tribe to the bedroom where the incident occurred and pointed out blood was still saturated into the carpet and on the bedding.

Watkins openly spoke about other incidents with the 8-year-old and other children at the home. However, those disciplines and actions are still currently under investigation.

Dylan was arrested and later booked into the Uintah County Jail for one count of child abuse.

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