HIV-positive man accused of infecting fiancee, newborn

A Grand Junction man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony child abuse for infecting his fiancee and their newborn child with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, without ever disclosing that he was infected.

Shad Skov, 33, who has a lengthy rap sheet in Colorado that includes an 11-year stint in prison, never told anyone he was HIV-positive, said Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.

“There’s definitely no question the baby suffered serious bodily injury,” Hautzinger said. “I have never seen anything like it before.”

Hautzinger said the baby’s mother revealed in open court Monday during Skov’s advisement of charges that Skov never told her that he was a carrier of the virus. Skov is in custody at Mesa County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He also faces a felony charge of violating conditions of his parole.

According to an arrest affidavit, Skov’s fiancee became pregnant in January 2007. The allegations came to light after the baby was 4 months old and became so ill he was taken by helicopter to a Denver hospital. While in her first trimester of pregnancy, the baby’s mother tested negative for HIV, but the mother likely contracted the virus sometime between conception and the baby’s birth, the affidavit said.

Had Skov disclosed his condition to medical personnel, the baby could have been born by Cesarean section, decreasing the likelihood the child would become HIV-positive, doctors have said, according to Hautzinger.

Hautzinger also said charges were still possible against the baby’s mother, who has voiced opposition to the district attorney’s office filing charges against Skov.

Skov was sentenced to prison in 1995 on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and aggravated robbery, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Also included on Shov’s long list of arrests around the state are charges including second-degree homicide, larceny, first-degree burglary and driving under the influence of alcohol, which date back to 1993, according to CBI records.


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