LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — It took a Lake Charles jury just under 1 1/2 hours to convict a 31-year-old woman of abusing her stepson.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/cseYHv ) the jury of eight men and four women found Jaime Brooks Day guilty on Wednesday of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
Prosecutors accused Day of brutally abusing and starving her stepson, who reportedly weighed 38 pounds at 9 years old when he was taken from the Days in early 2010.
Testimony lasted six days as the prosecution called 16 witnesses and the defense called eight.
"I think the jury's verdict was appropriate," District Attorney John DeRosier said. "Cases of this kind are always difficult. Both families, both sides of this equation, lose. It's just unfortunate that a young individual had to suffer through so much of this. We simply will not and cannot tolerate this kind of activity and treatment of young people in Calcasieu Parish. We're just not going to do that."
Day faces up to 40 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 10.
Day was arrested in March 2010, along with her husband, Murry Day. Murry Day was in court for Wednesday's testimony and the verdict.
DeRosier said that Murry Day "will face his criminal charges."
Jaime Day's stepson, who turned 13 during the trial, testified that Day starved him and brutally abused him. He said she hung him upside down by his ankles in the bathroom; burned him on the back with a sock full of rice; had his younger half brother help her Saran-wrap him to his bed; hit him in the face with a dustpan; threw a screwdriver at him while he was bathing; burned him with a blow dryer; and made him eat a handful of salt.
Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com