Sandy, Utah – After stabbing his two children on Sunday, a father has been arrested.
According to police, a suspect is a 55-year-old man.
The incident started when the suspect was attempting to forcibly cut his teenage son’s hair with a pair of scissors as a form of punishment, officers said.
According to arresting documents, the father grabbed his son by the collar on his sweatshirt which caused injury marks on his neck. As the father was doing this, police say his teenage daughter stepped in and blocked the father from cutting her brother’s hair. She was shielding her brother, officers said.
According to police, while doing this, the suspect stabbed the girl in the hand, causing “severe damage to the thumb and palm”. The stabbing caused the girl to lose some movement in her hand which will now require surgery by a specialist.
The suspect admitted he was acting in a “reckless” manner against his children after being arrested.
He has been arrested on one charge of child abuse – inflicting serious physical injury on a child and one charge of child abuse/neglect.