Two arrested in connection to Utah fatal shooting in which victim ended up at Southeast Idaho hospital

September 30, 2018

Angel Christopher Abreu

Police in northern Utah arrested a man and teenage boy for the fatal shooting of another man who was driven across state lines to a far away Southeast Idaho hospital where he died.

Police said they arrested one of the alleged shooters, 22-year-old Angel Christopher Abreu, on Friday night in Ogden, Utah. The other alleged shooter, a 16-year-old boy, was arrested early Saturday morning at a separate location in Ogden, police said.

Both Abreu and the teenage boy, whose name has not been released, are from Ogden. They were booked into Davis County Jail in Farmington, Utah, on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and burglary for the Thursday morning shooting at a Layton, Utah, mobile home that resulted in 26-year-old Anthony Child’s death.

Child, who resided at the mobile home, died at Franklin County Medical Center in Preston about three hours after the shooting, police said. Authorities said Child sought treatment at the Preston hospital — located about 80 miles from Layton — because he was apparently fearful that police would find out about the illegal drug activity going on at the mobile home where he had been shot multiple times.

So a gravely wounded Child requested that two acquaintances take him to an out-of-state medical facility instead of one of the several hospitals located in northern Utah, according to police.

The shooting occurred when two individuals — believed to be Abreu and the teenage boy — wearing Halloween masks and armed with a rifle and pistol entered the Layton mobile home around 5 a.m. Thursday, police said. Numerous rounds were fired and Child was hit several times, police said.

Preston police were called to Franklin County Medical Center around 7:50 a.m. Thursday to investigate the circumstances surrounding Child’s gunshot wounds. Shortly after police arrived at the hospital Child died but officers were able to determine that the shooting had occurred in Layton. Preston police informed Layton police about the incident and Layton officers responded to the mobile home around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

At the mobile home Layton police found 50 gallons of marijuana stored in buckets as well as a psychedelic mushroom growing operation and other drugs, authorities said.

On Friday Layton police arrested three of the mobile home’s occupants: Kevin Content, 24, for investigation of obstruction of justice and possession of a controlled substance; Devon Miller, 22, for investigation of obstruction of justice, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Douglas Cordova, 30, for investigation of endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three were booked into the Davis County Jail.

It is not clear who drove Childs to Franklin County Medical Center. Police say nine people, not including the two intruders, were inside the Layton mobile home at the time of the shooting.

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