Mother of malnourished boy locked in bathroom, sentenced to jail

Mother of malnourished boy, locked in bathroom, sentenced to jail (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Brandy Jaynes, mother of the 13-year-old Toquerville, Utah, boy found locked in deplorable conditions and starved, was sentenced to spend up to 15 years in jail for each of the three counts of abusing her child.

The sentence, was for three counts of child abuse, after the boy was found locked in the bathroom of a home, surrounded by his feces, suffering severe malnutrition. The district court judge sentenced her to serve the three offenses consecutively.

In Monday’s sentencing Jaynes' attorney, Edward Flint, motioned to consolidate all three counts that Jaynes was charged with into one count. That motion was denied by the judge.

State prosecutor, Angie Reddish-Day, was first to present her arguments in court. She said talked about the disturbing evidence, read a letter that the victim, Jaynes' son, wrote to his mother.

“She did horrible things to me, but she’s still my mom.” The boy said in the letter. “I feel safe now, I started feeling safe when I got away from her.”

Flint presented his arguments and told the judge that he would rather his client serve her time in jail concurrently. That was denied by the judge.

The boy was found in January 2017 weighting only 30 pounds. 2News was told that he is now doing fine, living with a foster family and has nearly doubled his weight to about 60 pounds, has gotten taller and is wearing braces on his legs to help strengthen his fragile bones and muscles.

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