Cops: Man slammed door on boy’s finger

A Grand Junction man was arrested Monday on suspicion he kicked a door shut on a 10-year-old boy’s finger.

A judge Tuesday advised Sidney Wade Wells, 34, 409 Rosevale Road, he could face between 10 and 32 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge of child abuse.

The boy’s mother told police her ex-boyfriend, Wells, came to her house Monday night, and she told him he had to leave. She said her son went outside to start the car because they were going to go to the grocery store, according to an arrest affidavit.

The mother said Wells got upset about the door to the house being open and argued with the 10-year-old boy about it. She said Wells then kicked the door shut as her son was standing in the doorway, catching his left ring finger in the door, the affidavit said.

“(The mother) said (her son) screamed in a way she had never heard before, and blood went everywhere,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. “Sidney kicked the door shut a second time, shutting the door all the way and locked it.”

An officer who looked at the boy’s injury said the nail was completely broken off, the skin was torn along the side of the finger, and the tip of the finger was bent at an odd angle.

Officers went to Wells’ home and saw him slip into a back room of the house as a woman answered the door. Wells came out from the room and admitted to arguing with the boy about the door being open and seeing the boy’s finger in the door as he kicked it shut. But he insisted he didn’t mean to hurt the boy, and that it was an accident, the affidavit said.

Appearing in court via closed-circuit television from the Mesa County Jail, Wells repeated to a judge that the incident was an accident.

“I don’t see how I’m looking at 10 to 20 years (in prison) over an accident,” he said.

Wells, whose request for a personal-recognizance bond was rejected, also took issue with District Attorney Pete Hautzinger saying that Wells has a lengthy criminal record. Wells told the judge he has “only” six driving-under-the-influence convictions, in addition to being on probation for a felony conviction.

Prosecutors are expected to file charges against Wells next Tuesday. He’s being held on $60,000 bond.


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