Utah father accused of beating his baby girl

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(KUTV) A Springville father is now in jail for allegedly nearly beating his own four month old baby daughter to death, and police say it appears it started as an argument with his wife over being interrupted.

"All I know is it was a misunderstanding about being interrupted verbally," Lt. Warren Foster with the Springville Police Department said. "From what he was telling the officers that he had a really good day with his family and somehow that night it turned around."

It all started around 2 a.m. on Sunday with a "frantic" 911 call from his wife. When officers arrived at their home they found Philip Hatfield walking up and down the street completely naked and shouting that he was on drugs and needed to be arrested.

After police arrested him they went into his home and found his baby daughter badly beaten and unconscious.

"One of the officers over heard Mr. Hatfield say that he was going to kill her," Foster said.

Foster explained that Hatfield and his wife got into an argument and then he allegedly turned his anger onto the baby.

"He picked her up and threw her around up against different objects in the home. The child sustained some injuries to her head from what we understand she has a fractured skull, she has deformation of her leg. I don't know what caused that or what the injury is," Foster said. "She had scratches and bruises on her body and her arms."

Police say they don't know what the motive is, but drugs may have been what made him snap.

Neighbors say the Hatfield's moved into the neighborhood recently and kept to themselves. No one ever noticed any type of violence with their three kids.

"Just seemed like normal people. We see them come and go with the kids nothing out of the ordinary," neighbor Craig Child said.

Foster says the other two children are two and four years old and they were also in the home that night.

Hatfield is facing charges of attempted aggravated murder, domestic violence, domestic violence in the presence of a child and lewdness.

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