Using words such as “torture chamber” and “prison” to describe the conditions, Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse said Tuesday it was the worst case of child abuse he’s ever seen.
“I’ve seen the pictures. They’re horrific,” he said. “I’ve seen other horrible things, but this is one of those things I’ll never forget. I wish I could unsee it.”
Crouse said a 12-year-old boy was locked in a bathroom for “at a minimum … a year, possibly two,” and weighed just 30 pounds when he was taken to a hospital.
The doctor who treated the boy at Dixie Regional Medical Center called it “the worst case of malnutrition he has seen,” according to a Washington County Jail report.
The boy’s mother, Brandy K. Jaynes, 36, of Toquerville, was charged Monday in 5th District Court with child abuse causing serious injury, a second-degree felony. Investigators say the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be screened.