Man arrested on child abuse, battery charges

The Daily Times staff
Jeremiah Harriott

FARMINGTON — A 38-year-old man was arrested Thursday by Farmington police for allegedly abusing his fiancee and her teenage son.

Jeremiah Harriott was arrested on Thursday and faces a felony child abuse charge and misdemeanor battery charge, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.

Detectives believe Harriott was abusing his fiancee and her 15-year-old son, who is nonverbal and is visually impaired, according to the release.

The alleged incident took place on Jan. 31 at the victim's home while she was at work, according to the release.

After the victim observed her son exhibiting unusual behavior and discovering a broken towel rack in the bathroom, she decided to watch video from a camera hidden in the house.

The footage allegedly showed Harriott walking her son into the bathroom, according to the release.

With the bathroom door closed, the son could be heard screaming and struggling to breath for about three to four minutes in the video, according to Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

After watching the video, the victim contacted Farmington police and then took her son to San Juan Regional Medical Center to be examined, Allen said.

The victim told detectives that she has a caretaker who watches her son except on Tuesdays when Harriott is not working.

Harriott is currently being held in the San Juan County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond, according to the release. He has a preliminary examination set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court, according to court records.