Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Fredy Josue Gonzales Guevara, age 23 of Apple Valley, has been charged* with one count of Assault in the First Degree in connection with serious injuries he is alleged to have inflicted upon his 2-month old son. The baby has suffered over 30 bone fractures throughout his body as a result of these injuries.
A summary of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint is set forth below:
On August 12, 2019, law enforcement received a report of child abuse involving a two-month-old infant being treated at a hospital for multiple bone fractures. The baby resides with his parents in Apple Valley (the criminal complaint mistakenly listed West St. Paul as the residence of this infant). The mother brought the baby to the hospital on August 4, 2019, after noticing that the infant appeared to be having difficulty moving his left arm. After the condition worsened, she returned to the hospital on August 11 at which time he was diagnosed with a fracture in the arm that appeared to be healing. In the opinion of the doctor, this fracture would have required a substantial amount of force. Further examination of the infant showed that he had over 30 fractures throughout his body. Many of the fractures were in the process of healing indicating that some of the fractures may have occurred over the past few weeks. It was the opinion of a doctor from the Minnesota Children's Resource Center after examination of the skeletal survey that the nature and extent of injuries sustained by this infant indicated a very high likelihood of abuse.
Law enforcement learned of comments by Gonzales Guevara that he feared he was going to harm his children. The defendant changed his version of events multiple times when questioned by law enforcement. During one version, the defendant described an incident where the infant may have sustained the ribcage fractures when he grabbed too low on the abdomen while pulling him out of the car seat. The defendant later admitted that he lied about this story. The defendant eventually admitted that the injuries to the infant's lower extremities had likely occurred two to four weeks prior when he was changing a dirty diaper. The infant started to kick and the defendant grabbed both of the infant's legs and pushed them forcefully up and apart. A short time later, the defendant admitted they he believed he had broken the infant's arm where he grabbed and squeezed with force in an attempt to stop the infant from crying.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available at Criminal Complaint Search. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Backstrom commented: “These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing. We hope this infant is able to fully recover from his multiple injuries."
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.
Gonzales Guevara made his first appearance in court this afternoon and bail in the amount of $250,000 with conditions was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Richelle Wahi. His next court appearance is set for August 29, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.