A Utah woman was arrested after police found her son locked in the bathroom, where she held him prisoner for over a year.
KTSU reports that 36-year-old Brandy K. Jaynes of Toquerville, Utah, has been arrested on aggravated felony child abuse charges.
Jaynes allegedly locked one of her children, a 12-year-old boy, in a bathroom upstairs for over a year.
police say the boy’s father found him only weighing 30 pounds. They said he was so malnourished that he couldn’t stand up.
Washington County Lt. David Crouse said, “The child looked like he was the victim of a concentration camp from World War II.”
Investigators discovered that the bathroom had two locks, which included one that allowed it to be locked from the outside. They found a single blanket, feces scattered across the room, empty cans of beans, and a camera that could monitor the child’s activity from outside the room.
Police believe Jaynes used the camera to watch the boy from an opp on her phone.
All of the lights in the bathroom were off and covered with duct tape.
Two other children were removed from the home, with both of them being siblings of the abused boy. However, neither of them needed medical treatment. The boy is expected to be hospitalized for at least three weeks.
According to the New York Daily News, the doctor who treated the boy deemed his situation the worst case of malnourishment he’d ever seen.
Jaynes claims she locked her son in the bathroom because he liked to sleep there, and that it was “for his safety when she would leave the house.”