Boy Locked In Bathroom for One Year

by KHALANI GARAY

Staff Writer
For as long as two years, a twelve year old boy was locked in a bathroom in his mother’s two-story Utah home.

 

For safety reasons, the young boy’s name was not released. When the child was found, he was seriously malnourished and close to thirty pounds. His living conditions were just as bad. The toilet was so full of feces that it did not appear to have water. The door was locked from the outside with the light switches duct taped in the off position, leaving the boy to sit in the dark all the time. The worst of all was the shower. Empty bean cans were found littered inside and the drain was covered with duct tape.

 

“I’ve seen the pictures. They’re horrific,” Washington County Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Crouse told CNN. “I’ve seen other horrible things, but this is one of those things I’ll never forget. I wish I could unsee it.”

 

In addition, Crouse said a camera had been set up so the mother, Brandy James, could monitor the boy on her cellphone and give him instructions.

 

On Sunday, the boys father found him “lying on the floor of the bathroom with a blanket” and immediately rushed him to the hospital. The mother and father were married, but they did live separately.

 

At the hospital, doctors explained the boy would need to be hospitalized for at least three weeks in order for him to get healthy again. As for Mrs. James, when asked why she had done it, she claimed she had locked him in their for his own safety when she left the house. She also claimed he “wanted to sleep in this bathroom” regardless of the conditions it had been in.

 

James is being charged with one count of felony child abuse, and it is currently unclear if she has hired a lawyer. The boy had not been to school in three years and there appeared to be two other siblings that lived in the house as well. Those two children did not show any signs of abuse.

The Chelsea Manning Verdict

by SARAH SERRATO

Staff Writer

According to the BBC, a 29-year-old transgender United States Army private, was sentenced to serve 35 years at the male military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

Born Bradley Manning, she changed her name to Chelsea,  was caught leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group, Wikileaks in 2013. At first, she was scheduled to be released from prison in 2045, but Obama changed that. Obama has shortened her sentence, so now Chelsea will be free on May 17, 2017.

 

People of authority, particularly Senator John McCain, have called Obama’s decision “a grave mistake”. However, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, has a different opinion; he believes that Manning has already served a long enough sentence (7 years).

 

With the burden on her shoulders, Chelsea has attempted suicide twice while in the prison. Also, she has gone on a hunger strike due to the military not providing her with gender transition treatment, but she ended it last year after they finally gave in.

 

When Chelsea uploaded the materials online, everyone was able to see it and use it to their ability, including Al-Qaeda. Many people have opposing opinions on the release of Chelsea Manning. They think she should rot in prison, however, we as humans, are bound to make mistakes.