World-wide donations pile up for malnourished, neglected 12-year-old Toquerville boy
(KUTV) — Donations from around the world are rolling into St. George for the 12-year-old Toquerville boy who was found locked in a bathroom, weighing 30 pounds and living in an environment described by detectives as the scene out of a concentration camp.
The pre-teen's mother, Brandy Jaynes, 36, was arrested for child abuse and now sits in Washington County Jail awaiting a Jan. 30 court hearing.
This story has stirred up many emotions: anger, sadness, disbelief and sympathy from parents and people all over the world.
In an effort to help this young boy donations of toys, clothes, letters postmarked from all over have been piling up at the Washington County Children’s Justice Center.
“London, New York, Nebraska, San Diego, Michigan, anywhere you can think of." Solinda Larsen, a victim’s advocate at the Justice Center said. “I think this is just the beginning of the donations."
Larsen said 12 boxes of donations have been sent and a few hundred “get well soon” cards mailed, a majority of which are from in-state. But when it comes to cash donations, Larsen said they are overwhelmed with how many want to give.
"Lots of people want to donate cash and money, and we don’t have that set up yet," Larsen said. "We have hundreds of emails we have to respond to once we have that set up.”
The concern right now is how the 12-year-old will take the amount of help he’s getting from the outside world, Larsen said. The Justice Center is working with his medical doctors to make sure he’s receiving the donations when he’s ready.
“I’m sure it can be overwhelming for him,” Larsen said.
2News is told that the boy is in good spirits and being treated at Dixie Regional Medical Center but faces a long road of physical, mental healing.
If you’d like to donate, a trust for the 12-year-old is being set up by the Washington County Children’s Justice Center in St. George:
Washington County Children’s Justice Center
463 East 500 South
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 634-1134
Fax: (435) 673-1785