Two Oklahoma women were sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for the vicious beating of their 5-year-old son.
Rachel Jean Stevens, 29, and Kayla Ann Jones, 26, pleaded no contest to child abuse and child neglect charges, according to PEOPLE, for the 2015 incident.
Their son had been beaten with a belt, locked in a room, tied up and blindfolded with duct tape over his eyes, police learned in December of that year, Tulsa World reports. Jones “kicked him so hard in the groin, it made him bleed." Stevens hit the boy’s hand with a hammer. As a result, the child suffered through two seizures and multiple broken bones, according to NewsOK. There were leisures on this face and the hospital discovered he was also malnourished. His condition was so bad, he had to be flown from one hospital to another.
According to KFOR, the couple had other children living in their home: another 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. It did not appear that those children were the target for the couple’s abuse.
The Department of Human Services took all the children into custody.
In 2016, Stevens and Jones set up a GoFundMe, claiming that their son suffered seizures because he “fell down,” CBS News reported.
Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge told Tulsa World that the victim is now thriving in the care of a new family.
“The nature of the injuries were very severe, but the child is doing very well now in a loving home. He is a completely different child now than when this [case] first came in.”
[Photo: Muskogee Police Department]