First shocking pictures of the toddler taped to a wall by his 'high' mother and her boyfriend
1st October 2010
These are the first heartbreaking photos of a boy being subjected to unbelievable cruelty by his mother and her boyfriend.
The 22-month-old toddler was stuck to a wall in his home by industrial duct tape after his mother had been 'partying' with her lover at her home near Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jayla Hamm,18, even held her helpless son against the wall while boyfriend Corde Honea,19, taped his wrists, legs and body.
Hamm and Honea then took these pictures of the crying child and further taunted him by taping his favourite drinking cup just outside his reach.
Further restraint: Mother Jayla Hamm and boyfriend Corde Honea taped the boy's body and legs as well - with the adhesive making direct contact with his skin
The couple's callous actions were only discovered when Hamm showed the pictures to a friend, who immediately alerted police.
Police then seized the digital camera containing the photos of the boy.
The face of the child has been purposefully obscured in these images but police said he was visibly distressed and crying while pinned to the wall with the adhesive tape.
One picture shows him straining to release himself from his bonds, his arms bent back in an uncomfortable position as his hands are taped to the wall.
Another shows the boy now strapped to the wall with tape across his little body - with one strip of the strong adhesive tape coming into direct contact with the skin on his legs.
Police said the couple, who were 'were high after a night of partying', taped the child to the wall for their entertainment - not to discipline him.
The shocking case follows a viral that swept the internet of another, unnamed little girl duct taped to the wall.
Judge Paul Korslund sentenced Hamm to 10 days in jail and two years' probation.
He told her: 'What makes it shocking in particular is there's an expectation that it's a matter of common sense that a parent would protect her child from humiliation and abuse.'
The boy has been placed in state custody.
Honea was sentenced to 36 to 60 months in prison for intentional child abuse. He was also jailed for 24 to 60 months for a separate charge of burglary and 12 to 24 months for possession of a stolen firearm.
Before sentencing, Honea told the court: 'I can’t fully believe what happened on those days. I do take full responsibility. I do find it even more troubling that I can do that.'
The prosecutor in the case said: '[The boy] was terrified. You can see that from looking at the pictures.'
Police chief Bruce Lang said: 'They did it because they thought it was funny.'