After a teen mother and her ex-convict boyfriend were prosecuted for torturing her 2-year-old son by locking him in a dark closet and duct-taping his tiny body to wall because they thought it would be funny, the boy has been returned to the custody of his mother, Jayla Hamm, an 18-year-old drug user.
As we reported earlier this week, Hamm and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Corde Honea, were high on drugs when they used duct tape to affix the toddler to the wall of Hamm's Beatrice, Neb., home. After the couple took pictures of their barbaric exploits, Hamm shared them with a friend who reportedly "didn't find anything funny" about them. The friend reported Hamm and Honea to the police.
As part of a plea deal, Hamm agreed to serve 10 days in prison with two years probation, attend drug counseling and to become a cooperating witness in an upcoming trial against Honea who was out on bail at the time of the incident. Honea was sentenced to three to five years behind bars for child abuse and faces an additional 12 to 24 months for reportedly stealing 20 firearms.
According to reports, health officials say they will now closely monitor the home for any future signs of neglect or abuse. When police previously arrested Hamm and Honea, they reported finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen weapons out in the open and in places where the 2-year-old could reach them.
Prosecutors also say they are pursuing a separate case to determine whether Hamm should retain custody of the child.