A Utah mother has been sentenced to 15 years for locking her special needs son in a bathroom for two years.
Brandy K. Jayne, 36, pleaded guilty to three counts of abuse in July, notes the Daily Mail. She has been jailed at the scary-sounding Purgatory Correction Facility.
The 15-year sentence is the maximum penalty on such charges. "Anything less in this case would not be in the interests of justice," declared the judge when she was sentenced.
Her 12-year-old victim was severely malnourished and weighed only 30 pounds when his father, Russell Orin Jayne, finally brought him to a hospital.
That's when authorities discovered that that the child had been imprisoned in a filthy bathroom.
"It would be my definition of a torture room," Lt. David Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to KUTV, notes the Daily Mail.
The victim had likely been kept in total darkness in the room, he said. "All the light switches were taped into the off position. A baby monitor was setup so voices could come in but not out. So they could give instructions to the child that was in the room. There was fecal matter and urine on the floor, there was open cans of food, like can of beans with a spoon in it; there was also a video camera that was capable of WiFi monitoring."
As a result of his confinement, the boy has lost some mobility in his limbs, and now has trouble running and walking, authorities said.
Jayne's attorney, Edward Flint, said his client had a "total mental breakdown" that left her overwhelmed and unable to care for her son.
The 40-year-old father was also charged with child abuse for failing to help the child sooner.
The boy and two other children in the home were taken into foster care after the mother was arrested.
The problem of child abuse is prevalent across all parts of the society, according to the organization Love Our Children USA. "Violence and neglect against children does not discriminate … It knows no color, no race. It happens in every city, town and state."
And child victims often become victimizers as adults. "They can be full of anger, can mistrust in relationships, are more apt to commit road rage, and more horrific violent acts, and contribute to the high cost of our mental health and welfare programs. Their self-esteem is shattered. They can grow up to be adults who continue the cycle of violence and neglect against children."