August 05, 2010

Michael And Ryan Vestal - Jailed After Abandoning Toddler With Feces Face And Beer Breath

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Salt Lake City, Utah (The Weekly Vice) - Michael Vestal, a 49-year-old Salt Lake man, and his son, 25-year-old Ryan Vestal, were both arrested Tuesday after an 19-month-old child that was left in their care was allegedly abandoned with "beer breath".

According to Salt Lake City Police, the mother of the 19-month-old baby went to Vestal's apartment for a party but left her baby behind. The child's aunt reportedly called the mother and was told that the child had been left at the Vestal's apartment.

Officer's say that the aunt and grandmother of the child went to the location and knocked repeatedly on Vestal's door but never received an answer. They could hear the child crying inside so they climbed into the apartment through a window, retrieved the child and then called police.

Officers soon arrived to find the child's face smeared with feces and having the a strong odor of beer on her breath and clothing.

Investigators also found razors, a weed pipe, maggot infested food, feces, old pet food, and open beer within reach of the child inside Vestal's home.

Vestal reportedly returned to the apartment while officer's were processing the scene and offered multiple stories as to why the child was left alone.

Vestal and his son were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and charged with third degree felony child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond has been set at $10,370.

The mother has not been arrested at this time but the investigation is still ongoing, authorities say.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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