A Utah mother who admitted to keeping her starving son locked in a bathroom was sentenced to prison Monday afternoon.
Brandy Kay Jaynes, 36, will serve between one and 15 years for three second-degree felony counts of intentional child abuse, according to The Spectrum.
The mother pleaded guilty to the abuse of her 12-year-old son who suffered extreme malnutrition and protracted loss of use of limbs earlier this month. Police found what they called a "torture chamber" inside Jaynes' home. It is believed that the child was held in isolation in that bathroom for about 8 years. He would lie on the bathroom floor on the only spot that was not covered in feces. He weighed only 33 pounds when he was hospitalized.
According to reports, his liver enzymes were elevated and he had pressure sores from lying in the same spots on his "bony extremities.” He could barely walk.
“The child looked like he was the victim of a concentration camp from World War II,” Washington County Lt. David Crouse said.
The victim was not in court, but a heartbreaking letter he wrote with the help of his new foster parents was read. "Instead of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner, I would only get one meal of a couple of hot dogs every other day for months. I felt frozen when I was drenched with ice cold water in the winter."
Even though the boy detailed in harrowing detail the abuse he suffered at the hand of his parent, he also expressed he would like to see his mother.
"She did horrible things to me, but she's still my mom.”
Fifth District Court Judge Eric Ludlow was disturbed by the case and stated, “I've handled murder cases, rape cases, and I've never seen anything like this. It's unbelievable, quite frankly."
[Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office]
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