Father in Jail after Slitting Throat of Infant Daughter in Mexico; Baby Had Several Broken Bones as per Doctors

A Bloomfield man accused of slicing his infant daughter’s neck will be considered for jail time until his trial on Monday.

Bloomfield Police investigated an October 2021 incident and accused Joseph Bresch, 38, with two charges of first-degree child abuse resulting in grave bodily injury.

On Monday at 1:15 p.m., newly appointed District Judge Stephen Wayne will decide whether Joseph Bresch will stay in detention.

After doing time for federal firearms charges, Joseph Bresch was freed from Leavenworth’s U.S. Penitentiary. A bench warrant got him arrested and lodged into the San Juan County Detention Center on June 5. San Juan DA wants him there till trial.

Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien stated, “We are trying to keep him in custody until we can prosecute.

According to the state’s pretrial detention petition, Joseph Bresch had “a significant violent propensity toward innocent and defenseless civilians” and “slit the throat of an infant child.”

The motion says Joseph Bresch “will not be able to safely reside in the community if he is not detained.”

During her two weeks with her parents, Joseph Bresch’s 2-month-old daughter Kali was reportedly abused in a nine-page arrest warrant document as obtained by Durango Herald.

According to the criminal affidavit, Kali was born early and released from San Juan Regional Medical Center on Oct. 8, 2021, to Joseph and Michelle Bresch, 37, two weeks before returning in severe condition.

Paramedics were called to the 1100 block of Kathy Lynn house in Bloomfield on Oct. 24, 2021, where police found abuse. The child’s injuries were “consistent with child abuse,” according to medics who called dispatch.

According to the affidavit, the youngster arrived at San Juan Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

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The infant had “visible” injuries, including a “bruise to the left eye, burst blood vessels in the left eye, malformation similar to cauliflower ear on the left ear, splitting skin and laceration to the back of the left ear, blood around the mouth and nose, swollen nose and eyes, bruise on the left scapula, broken ribs, severe diaper rash and most concerning was a laceration across the anterior neck near the base of the jaw.”

According to the complaint, Michelle Bresch, the mother, informed medical workers the laceration was “a birth defect and that it had been there since she came home the hospital.”

Kali was airlifted to Albuquerque for specialized care, and police questioned Michelle and Joseph Bresch about the abuse.

According to Michelle Bresch, the neck laceration “was caused by milk that had crusted while she was swaddled, and then turned her head while fussing.” According to the affidavit, she claimed she scratched her ears and nose.

Doctors in Albuquerque told Bloomfield Police that Kali had “30 fractures” including “approximately 20 broken ribs, both clavicles fractured, fractures in both arms and one finger.” They claimed “nonaccidental” injuries, the document said.

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