Xander Toliver’s should be celebrating his first birthday, instead he is fighting for his life at Primary Children’s Medical Center. He began life as a fighter.
“He started out to be a preemie,” said Carolyn Crawford, Xander’s great-grandmother. “He weighed three pounds, three ounces when he was born.”
Monday afternoon paramedics responded to a home near 2300 South and 8th East in Salt Lake. Crawford was home at the time.
“I went down stairs and everybody started screaming,” she said. ”They were doing compressions on him to get him to breathe on the floor.”
Once at the hospital, medical staff realized something wasn't right. “Workers up there called the police department because they thought that something was suspicious," said Robin Heiden, Salt Lake Police Department.
Police arrested the mom's live in boyfriend, Brian Taylor, 24, who was left to watch Xander. Taylor is currently in the Salt Lake County jail.
“You don't want something like this in your house,” said Crawford.
Now Xander's family wants answers for their little guy on his first birthday.
“He's a bright little kid, just learning to do those things that they learn, like wave bye-bye and send kisses,” said Crawford.