Utah mother charged after allegedly locking 12-year-old son in bathroom covered in feces for at least a year
A Utah mother accused of starving her 12-year-old son — who weighed 30 pounds — locked him up inside a dark feces-covered bathroom for at least one year, officials said.
Brandy Jaynes, 36, was charged with second-degree felony child abuse after the boy’s father found him emaciated and lying on the bathroom floor in his Tocquerville, Utah, home.
"It is one of the most horrible things I've ever had to see," Washington County Sheriff's Office Lt. David Crouse said on Tuesday, according to The Salt-Lake Tribune. "I wish I could unsee it."
Authorities found feces, a blanket, a few empty cans of beans and a camera probably used to record the boy, Crouse said.
About 3-square feet of duct tape was mounted on the light switch so it couldn’t be turned on, and the door also had locks on the outside, investigators said.
The doctor who treated the boy deemed it the worst case of malnourishment he had ever seen, Crouse said.
The child remains at a hospital and is expected to recover within the next weeks.
The boy’s two siblings hadn’t spoken to their brother in six months, and he had been locked up in the bathroom for about a year, investigators said.
Jaynes told police her son chose to sleep in the bathroom, and she would occasionally lock him up “for his safety when she would leave the house."
The mother also tried to feed her son protein shakes to keep up his weight, according to a probable cause statement.
Jaynes’ children are in state custody, and she’s expected back in court on Jan.17.