Police said 2-year-old James Sieger Jr. died after his mother and her boyfriend beat him over a potty training accident.
A Utah mom and her boyfriend beat her 2-year-old son to death and smeared his dirty diaper in his face over a potty training accident, police said.
Jasmine Bridgeman and Joshua Schoenenberger are in custody and charged with felony child abuse, KTVX reported.
Little James Sieger Jr. died Monday, two days after the alleged Saturday beating inside his Layton home, police said.
The 23-year-old mother told cops that her 34-year-old boyfriend got upset when James, nicked-named JJ, soiled his diaper instead of using the toilet, according to court documents.
She told investigators that Schoenenberger “smeared the poop from the diaper in (toddler’s) face.”
Jasmine Bridgeman and Joshua Schoenenberger were arrested after they took the unconscious and bruised boy to the hospital.
Bridgeman went outside to smoke a cigarette. When she came back, JJ and Schoenenberger were in the bathroom alone together, and the mom heard her boy crying, she told police.
Bridgeman tried to open the door, but it was locked, she said. She could hear her boyfriend hitting JJ and yelling at the toddler to take a shower, she claimed.
When Schoenenberger unlocked the bathroom door, she found the 2-year-old vomiting on the floor.
The couple took the boy to the hospital, where the told doctors he almost drowned in the bathtub, KUTV reported. He was unconscious, covered in bruises and having trouble breathing – signs of a beating, not a drowning, doctors said.
The tot underwent several surgeries for internal injuries, but died Monday.
JJ’s death devastated his father, James Sieger, who lives in Georgia.
“Monday, May 11th has been the worst and most difficult day of my life,” he told KUTV. “He was the best kid. He was funny. He was very smart.”
Schoenenberger was once charged with child abuse in 2010 for allegedly choking his neighbor’s kid and burning the child with a cigarette, police said. That charge was eventually dismissed.
The couple is current being held on the child abuse charges, but the two will likely also face child abuse homicide charges.
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