A Utah mother has been charged with child abuse after allowing her boyfriend to abuse her child and ultimately cause the baby's death.
Gena Nicole Sanchez, 22, has been charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse a week after her boyfriend, 17-year-old Isaiah Weaver, was charged with causing the death of her 21-month-old baby, Jaycieion Sanchez, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Weaver reportedly beat the baby boy with a heated clothes hanger. He is also accused of kicking and hitting the infant. Sanchez is believed to have witnessed the abuse, according to court documents.
The baby died from blunt force injury on Jan. 16. Court documents revealed that Jaycieion suffered brain trauma that was consistent with head impacts and "vigorous shaking."
Weaver was charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder earlier in February. He was also charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse. He is being charged as an adult.
Sanchez told authorities she had been dating Weaver for about 8 months and that he was staying at her house for a month. He had stopped working and was babysitting Sanchez's three children while she worked. Her other two children are 2 and 5 years old.
The mother-of-three added that she felt Weaver was jealous of her relationship with Jaycieion. She also told authorities that she had a "weird feeling about going to work" on the day her baby died. Sanchez said she still went to work "because they needed the money."
Police were called to the home and found Jaycieion unconscious. The child was pronounced dead about an hour later at a nearby hospital.
According to court documents, police found fresh blood stains on the walls, ceiling and furniture inside Sanchez's home. Weaver was initially booked into a juvenile detention center, but was later transferred to an adult jail after prosecutors filed a motion.
Weaver reportedly admitted to having a "bad temper" with the boy and said he had "gone too far" when trying to get Jaycieion to "be quiet," according to Mad World News. He also confessed to throwing the infant child several times before he died.
Sanchez is now mourning the death of her baby boy, despite being charged with allowing the abuse to take place.
"I will never forget you Jay, I will never forget you," she said, according to Mad World News. "You’re always in my heart, and I will not rest until you get justice."
"He was the happiest baby ever," Sanchez said of her baby. "You ask him a question like, 'Did you miss me?' And he says 'Yeah!' I can still hear it."