‘You did not act like a human’: Judge gives woman max sentence in child abuse case

ST. GEORGE — A 12-year-old Toquerville boy — whose abuse case sparked worldwide outrage after he was found lying on a filthy bathroom floor, severely malnourished and unable to move because his legs weren’t strong enough — doesn’t remember exactly how long he was kept in his “torture chamber,” prosecutors said Monday.

But the boy remembers hearing his siblings and parents open Christmas presents.


A judge imposed the maximum sentence on the boy’s mother, Brandy K. Jaynes, 36, on Monday. She pleaded guilty to three counts of intentional child abuse causing serious injury, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced to three consecutive terms of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.

Before sentencing her, 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow called the abuse “deplorable” and “appalling.” He made Jaynes look at a picture of the room her son had been locked in, where Post-it notes with messages such as “Touch the camera, I will kick your butt with a stick” and “You will act like a human at all times” were duct taped to the wall.

“You did not act like a human at all times,” Ludlow told Jaynes. “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s unbelievable, quite frankly.”

Jaynes denied writing the notes, claiming the boy’s twin sister was the culprit.

Details of the disturbing case caused a widespread outcry after Jaynes’ arrest in January. Police said the 12-year-old boy was living in a feces-filled bathroom that had been fitted with locks on the outside of the doors. He weighed just 30 pounds when he was found.

Before being sentenced Monday, prosecutor Angie Reddish-Day revealed that the boy may have been locked up from four to eight years, based on witness statements and other evidence, including the boy’s physical and…

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