An Eagle Mountain, Utah woman is behind bars charged with brutally beating and strangling her adopted 5-year-old daughter. The injuries were so severe, investigators say that the girl barely made it through the night, "they did have to remove a portion of her skull in an effort to relieve some of the pressure from the brain swelling," says Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's office, "they weren't sure she would survive the night at that point," says Cannon.
Cannon says it all started Sunday morning when Leslie and Gary Erickson brought the badly injured girl to the Eagle Mountain Fire Department, "(the couple) told them (emergency workers) their daughter had fallen and hurt herself," but according to the sheriff's office, it didn't take long for doctors to determine that something very different had happened, "the injuries, the doctors say she sustained blunt force trauma to the head and had injuries that were consistent with strangulation," says Cannon.
Deputies went into the couple's Eagle Mountain home where, we are told, two of the couple's other children displayed signs of abuse as well. Seven of the Erickson's eight children were removed from the home and are in the care of DCFS.
Deputies say other charges are possible, the little girl remains in critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.