A mother from Toquerville, Utah, faces serious child abuse charges after her 12-year-old son was found locked in a bathroom, weighing 30 pounds.
A police investigation that began on Jan. 8 has resulted in the arrest of 36-year-old Brandy Jaynes.
Police have described the conditions as a “torture chamber,” “deplorable” and a “prison.” They say the child was locked in there for a year.
Washington County Lt. David Crouse even compared the boy’s condition to that of a person in a concentration camp.
“The child looked like he was the victim of a concentration camp from World War II,” he said.
“I’ve seen the pictures. They’re horrific,” he added. “I’ve seen other horrible things, but this is one of those things I’ll never forget. I wish I could unsee it.”
According to Fox 13, the bathroom door had two locks so the boy could be locked in.
Feces and empty cans of beans were found strewn across the room. Police also discovered cameras set up so the child could be watched from Jaynes’ phone.
The lights were duct-taped off.
One of two other children who were removed from the home said they hadn’t spoken to their brother in at least six months.
As for Jaynes, the police report stated that she said her son “wanted to sleep in this bathroom,” that “she would occasionally lock her son in the bathroom for his safety when she would leave the house,” and that she was “attempting to feed her son protein drinks to get his weight up.”
The child was brought to the hospital by his father, where he will likely remain for the next three weeks. The father is said to be married to Jaynes but separated.
Jaynes has been charged with felony child abuse.