On Saturday, September 14, 2019 deputies responded to Joseph City for a welfare check. As the deputies investigated the incident, it was discovered that a foster parent had been abusing a two-year-old and a five-year-old at the residence.
Deputies located the suspect a short distance away from the residence and began interviewing the individual who was identified as Dashaun Lewis from Joseph City, AZ.
Deputies were able to establish probable cause to arrest Lewis for 11 counts of aggravated assault against the children at the residence. Criminal Investigations were notified and responded and began assisting our deputy with the investigation.
Lewis was booked into the Navajo County Jail for 11 counts of child abuse, 11 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder.
The foster children were removed from the residence by the AZ Department of Child Satey. Formal criminal charges are currently pending review from the Navajo County Attorney’s Office.