ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A southern Utah judge will decide if the Toquerville mother accused of starving her son and locking him in a bathroom should have her bond reduced.
“It’s a nasty situation and there is far more to this story,” Edward Flint said, Jaynes’ defense attorney.
Brandy Jaynes is accused in what Washington County Sheriff investigators call the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen.
The 36-year-old is charged with felony child abuse for allegedly locking her son inside a bathroom in their Toquerville home for up to two years.
The 12-year-old “Jaynes Boy” is out of the hospital, three weeks after his father took him to the hospital weighing just 30 pounds.
On Monday, Brandy Jaynes’ treatment inside the Purgatory Correctional Facilty concerned her attorney during her second roll call hearing.
“She is still in booking. She doesn’t have a bed. She hasn’t had a shower in three weeks; she needs to get out of jail,” Flint said.
To do so, Flint asked for a hearing to cut her $20,000 cash only bond in half. It is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Jayne’s attorney says his client likely suffers from an untreated mental illness that prevented her from caring for the autistic child.
“He is in foster care right now. My understanding is there are family members who are having their backgrounds checked to see if they are eligible to be foster parents. All we know is that all three children are in separate foster care right now,” Flint said.
Investigators say the abuse against the 12-year-old was prolonged and intentional. Jaynes will be back in court Thursday morning.
Jaynes’ attorney says her husband was living at home during the alleged child abuse, along with the victim’s 12-year-old twin sister and a younger brother.
The father has not been charged with a crime as the investigation in to the alleged abuse continues.