4-Year-Old Found With Alcohol Poisoning, Family Looking For Answers
By Christine McCarthy (KUTV) The father of a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is begging for answers after his daughter was found with alcohol poisoning last month.
Paul Silva has temporary custody of Le'A, who was three years old at the time, as Weber County Sheriff's detectives investigate the incident in which her mother called 911 to report her unresponsive at her Marriott-Slaterville apartment on April 11.
Le'A's mother had primary custody of her prior to the incident and Paul was allowed visitation every other weekend.
"I was at work and I got a call saying that my daughter is not breathing and she's getting rushed in the ambulance to the hospital," Paul said. "They did a bunch of tests and they ended up finding alcohol. Her blood alcohol [content] was way high."
Le'A's health was already comprised. She is on a feeding tube and breathes with the help of a tracheostomy tube. She can move her head slightly but cannot walk or crawl.
"From day one, she's had a G-tube for her feeding. She gets pumped milk into her, and she eats every three hours," Paul said.
Le'A was treated at both McKay-Dee Hospital and Primary Children's Medical Center. She underwent dialysis as part of her treatment and was eventually sent home, Paul said.
Paul and his family members say, because of her condition, Le'A couldn't have come into contact with alcohol by herself, and they are calling for charges to be filed against anyone who might be responsible.
"There's no possible way that she could feed herself, so it has to be an adult that has to provide that for her," said Crystal Silva, Le'A's aunt. "Put someone away for what they were doing to her."
The Silvas are not accusing Le'A's mother of poisoning her, but they believe she could be to blame because she primarily took care of the girl with the help of a home care nurse.
"Never forgive somebody for that, but they need to pay," said Le'A's uncle Brian Vega. "How can you even fathom doing this to a little girl?"
Detectives are actively investigating the case and testing is being conducted on Le'A's ingestion rates and alcohol levels. No criminal charges have been filed, but the investigation could head in that direction, according to Lt. Mark Lowther of the Weber County Sheriff's Office.
2News reached out to Le'A's mother by phone and at her home, but made no contact. Officials have not indicated she is suspected of poisoning Le'A.
(KUTV) A proposed nuclear power plant outside of Green River has sparked an energetic debate in a small Utah community. A company wants to build a nuclear power plant in this desolate area of southeastern Utah, which might be good news for a town that has been struggling through rough economic times and needs the jobs.However, there are some major environmental concerns about nuclear power. Some of the local residents are were scared when they found out about the proposed plant and environmentalist are fighting hard to keep the power plant out of Utah.Rod Decker will have the story to this controversial proposal coming up tonight on 2News at 10.
(KUTV) The Utah Highway Patrol says five people were injured Sunday morning after a vehicle rolled on I-80 near mile marker 88.
Troopers say the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle drifted off the left side of the road, then over-corrected causing the Ford Explorer to roll multiple times--ejecting three of the occupants.
All of the occupants were taken to Salt Lake and Tooele area hospitals with serious injuries.
Utah Department of Public safety said that only one of the occupants was wearing a seat belt. The vehicle was estimated to be traveling at 90 miles per hour and rolled some 750 feet before coming to rest on its wheels.
I-80 was shut down for approximately 45 minutes while three medical helicopters landed and transported the occupants for medical care.
(KUTV) Four people were taken to the hospital after a three-car crash last night. The accident happened in Saratoga Springs on State Road 73 around 9:30 last night.
Officials say a man was driving westbound towards Eagle Mountain when his pickup crossed into traffic. The pickup hit an SUV head on, causing it to roll and eject the driver. The pickup then went on to hit another SUV before coming to a stop.
Six people were injured in the accident. Two were flown in critical condition to area hospitals. One of them being a child who was strapped in a car seat. Investigators believe distracted driving might have been a factor in the crash, but say they are still looking into the cause.
Thousands Head To Idaho Hours Before Powerball Drawing
By Christine McCarthy (KUTV) Thousands of Utahns lined up at stores in Idaho border towns, hoping to hit the biggest jackpot in Powerball history and the second largest lottery ever.
"We stood in line in the rain for two and half hours, and we just got the winning tickets right here," said Bob Kelly, who drove from Magna, Utah, to the Chevron store in Malad, Idaho, for a chance at the $590.5 million jackpot.
Powerball players traveled hours to Malad to wait in the line that wrapped around the store and outside, despite their slim odds.
"What is it? If I buy one ticket, one in 175 million? Not good," said Jeremy Miller, "but somebody's got to win."
Many already had the money spent in their minds before getting close to the register.
"Maybe I'd just put it in savings, quit my job, go on vacation, give some money to charity," said Carlos Macias.
The jackpot climbed after drawings over about six weeks before Saturday night's drawing. Powerball Lottery announced the winning numbers to be 22, 10, 13, 14 and 52 with the winning red Powerball number of 11.
"Just want to take a shot at it, and you never know," said Ogden resident Laura Ponce de Leon."