A Pierce County man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault of a child for allegedly pinching and bruising his infant daughter repeatedly because she didn’t want him to hold or play with her.
Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Dana Aiava, 28, held on $50,000 bail. Aiava also was ordered not to have contact with his wife and 5-month-old daughter.
Charging documents give this account:
Aiava’s wife took their baby to Madigan Army Medical Center on April 7 for an ear infection, and the doctor noticed the child’s arm was fractured.
During an interview with sheriff’s detectives, Aiava began crying and admitted twisting his daughter’s arm behind her back, a move he described as a “compliance hold” like police use, because she would not stop crying
Aiava told detectives the baby cried every time he tried to hold or play with her during the last month.
“He was upset (the baby) did not want to be near him,” according to charging documents. “He began losing patience and became angry.”
Aiava also admitted pinching his daughter’s legs, back, arms and face so hard he caused bruises, and also pulling her hair and grabbing her wrists.
“The defendant was extremely upset with himself and cried,” court records show.Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 email@example.com