LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A 31-year-old Calcasieu Parish woman convicted of abusing her stepson has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Jaime Brooks Day was found guilty Nov. 13 of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. She faced up to 40 years in prison.
Before the sentence was delivered on Friday, Day wept as she asked state District Judge Clayton Davis to "please have mercy on me."
The boy testified during trial that Day only allowed him to eat grits, ramen noodles and rice; made him eat his own excrement; hung him upside down by his ankles in the bathroom; burned him on his back with a sock full of rice; had one of her three biological children help her Saran-wrap him to his bed; hit him in the face with a dustpan; threw a screwdriver at him; burned him with a blow dryer; and made him eat a handful of salt.
The 9-year-old boy reportedly weighed 38 pounds, was badly bruised and had hair growing all over him from malnourishment when he was taken to the hospital in early 2010.
"He's going to see those scars every time he looks in the mirror," prosecutor Lori Nunn said. She said he was always going to be asked how he acquired the scars. "People are going to be asking a lot longer than 40 years."
Nunn read part of a victim-impact statement written by the boy: "I wish she didn't hurt me because my feelings are always upset. I'm always angry at her."
Day was motivated by anger at the boy's father, Murry Day, "and she took it out on a vulnerable child," Nunn said.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com