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Parents accused of starving boy face different levels of abuse charges

(KUTV) Both parents at the center of a disturbing child abuse case out of Toquerville, Utah, had court hearings Wednesday.

Russell and Brandy Jaynes are facing different levels of child abuse charges after their 12-year-old son was found locked in a bathroom, malnourished, and weighing only 30 pounds in January.

Brandy Jaynes had a hearing in the 5th District court in St. George Tuesday. Her preliminary hearing has been set for March 27 at 9 a.m. She faces second degree felony charges.

Russell Jaynes had his initial appearance since he was subpoenaed Feb. 14. But he couldn’t make it to the hearing due to a prior engagement so the hearing was pushed back to later in the month on Feb. 28. He faces third degree felony charges.

According to court documents, 40-year-old Russel Jaynes faces one count of child abuse.

Brandy Jaynes' defense attorney, Edward Flint, said that Russell Jaynes filed for divorce about three weeks after his wife was arrested and charged.

According to the county attorney’s office, Russell Jaynes has “committed Child Abuse, in violation of Utah Criminal Code of Section 76-5109(2)(b), a third degree felony, in that he recklessly inflicted upon a child serious physical injury or, having the car or custody of such child, recklessly caused or permitted another to inflict serious physical injury upon a child.”

Prosecutor on the case, Angie Reddish-Day, said the evidence found for each parent is very different.

“The level of culpability is very, very different but because they are both parents they will be held accountable." Reddish-Day said.

The boy was found Sunday, Jan. 8, by his father.

Brandy Jaynes is accused of locking up the 12-year-old boy and starving him for two years. When police took the boy to the hospital they found he only weighed 30 pounds.

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