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Pierce County man charged with abusing infant daughter who ‘did not want to be near him’

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 16, 2013 at 10:07 am |
April 16, 2013 10:07 am

A Pierce County man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault of a child for allegedly pinching his infant daughter repeatedly because she didn’t want him to hold her or play with her.

Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Dana Aiava, 28, held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Aiava was also 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 April 7 for an ear infection and the doctor noticed her 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 her or play with her over 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 it bruised, and also pulling her hair and grabbing her wrists.

“The defendant was extremely upset with himself and cried,” court records show.

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