Suspect in toddler's abuse noted in previous reports

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A man accused of critically injuring a toddler was named in two previous reports of possible trouble, according to state child protection officials.

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Joshua Jameson Sagayo, 23, is charged with assault in injuries suffered by the 22-month-old boy. Authorities accuse Joshua Sagayo of slamming and violently shaking the boy, causing brain injuries.

According to police and court records, Sagayo and his wife, Seteli Sagayo, were caring for the toddler because his biological father is jailed in California and his biological mother abandoned the boy. Seteli Sagayo is a cousin of the boy's mother.

"I share the anguish of all Alaskans in learning about the injuries of this child," said Tammy Sandoval, director of the state Office of Children's Services, in a statement Saturday.

The office had received two reports about Joshua Sagayo. Neither was related to the injured boy. The Sagayos have a year-old child.

One report, filed last year, was "determined to be unsubstantiated." The other report, filed this year, "was not assigned for investigation." The person making the report called to say that what was thought to be a child crying was a dog.

The office also said Saturday it had received a report Oct. 25 on the injured toddler's biological mother "alleging abandonment and substance abuse." That investigation was pending at the time of the toddler's injury last week.

The Office of Children's Services has assumed protective custody of the injured boy, Asi Sekona, but not the Sagayos' own child, whose safety "has been assessed and assured in cooperation with other family members," according to the office.

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