Jaime Brooks Day, found Nov. 13 of physically abusing her stepson, was set to be sentenced on Friday. (Donna Price / American Press)
Last Modified: Saturday, December 07, 2013 11:36 PM
A woman convicted of abusing her stepson was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday in state district court. Jaime Brooks Day, 31, was found guilty Nov. 13 of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. She faced up to 40 years in prison.
Before the sentence was delivered, Day wept as she asked Judge Clayton Davis to “please have mercy on me.”
The boy testified during trial that Day only allowed him to eat grits, ramen noodles and rice; made him eat his own excrement; hung him upside down by his ankles in the bathroom; burned him on his back with a sock full of rice; had one of her three biological children help her Saran-wrap him to his bed; hit him in the face with a dustpan; threw a screwdriver at him; burned him with a blowdryer; and made him eat a handful of salt.
The 9-year-old boy reportedly weighed 38 pounds, was badly bruised and had hair growing all over him from malnourishment when he was taken to the hospital in early 2010.
“He’s going to see those scars every time he looks in the mirror,” prosecutor Lori Nunn said. She said he was always going to be asked how he acquired the scars. “People are going to be asking a lot longer than 40 years.”
Nunn read part of a victim-impact statement written by the boy: “I wish she didn’t hurt me because my feelings are always upset. I’m always angry at her.”
Day was motivated by anger at the boy’s father, Murry Day, “and she took it out on a vulnerable child,” Nunn said.
Defense attorney Walt Sanchez said that because of psychological problems the boy had before he entered Jaime Day’s care, he “presents one of the most complex psychological profiles that I’ve seen in 30 years of practice.”
Davis said he put great weight on testimony and a letter from Dr. Scott Benton, a specialist in child abuse pediatrics, who laid out how children who are starved act.
“He was perhaps the other star in this case in that he was able to explain the unexplainable,” Davis said.
Davis said fundamental to Benton’s testimony, and to clinical psychologist Lawrence Dilks’ testimony, was that children do not starve themselves.
“If you accept that, and I do, then the defense kind of crumbles,” Davis said.
Davis said other key evidence was a more-than-20-minute video shot by Day of the boy on his knees wailing. It showed a window into Day’s mental abuse, the judge said. During the trial, Davis ordered the tape turned off after only four minutes.
Davis said he did not hand out the maximum sentence of 40 years because he does not believe Day will be a threat in the future.
“I think circumstances were forced upon her and she was unable to handle them,” the judge said. “Unfortunately, her method of handling (the boy) was to practically kill him.”
The defense called two witnesses, Glenn Massey, pastor of LivingWay Pentecostal Church, and Bishop C.R. Nugent, former pastor of LivingWay.
Nugent said he didn’t know the Day who was portrayed in the newspaper; there has been a lot of misinformation, he said.
“We know the sweet Jaime,” he said. “The Jaime Day I know is not the Jaime Day that has been spilt in this city.”
Nugent said the church has taught its members all their lives to work peaceably with law enforcement, but “that’s been injured.”
He promised his congregation that justice would prevail, but “I don’t feel justice prevailed,” Nugent said.
Nugent said he keeps waiting for that one intelligent adult to step forward and say they’ve seen Jaime Day abuse a child.
At that point, Davis stopped him and said that person was Katie Day, Jaime Day’s sister-in-law, who reported the boy’s condition to deputies.
“She’s a hero in this case,” Davis said.
Nugent told Davis he respected him and the court; Davis said he had been in Nugent’s church and respected him as well. Nugent said he wasn’t asking to retry the case, but was asking for mercy from the court.
Massey also pleaded with the court for mercy. He said Day was raised “in the best possible scenario.”
“Not to my knowledge has Jaime ever committed a crime, so I ask for mercy,” Massey said.
The boy’s father, Murry Dalton Day, pleaded no contest on Nov. 22 to being an accessory after the fact to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced March 26.
Posted By: ANNOMOUS On: 2/18/2014
Title: LEARNED BEHAVIOR, WAS THIS 2ND GENERATION?
CHILD ABUSE IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR. WAS JAMIE OR SIBLING ABUSED BY HER PARENTS? SOMETHING DOESNT ADD UP SINCE THERE WAS ANOTHER SIBLING WHO WEIGHED 38LBS IN HER PARENTS HOME. SOME SOMEONE NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE THE PARENTS OF JAMIE AND SIBLINGS. ABUSE IS LEARNED! NO ONE JUST DECIDES TO ABUSE A CHILD W/O LEARNING IT FROM ENVIROMENT. DIG DEEPER UNTIL THE TRUTH COMES TOLIGHT. SEEK JUSTICE WHEREEVER SHE IS HIDING. HOWEVER LONG
Posted By: Gerald Price On: 2/12/2014
Title: Jaime's Father
These comments would be amusing to me if I had not Lived the ugly truth. A good lesson learned by reading these comments is how we in the public are led like sheep at the medias will. Jaime Day is innocent and that is not an opinion. That's a fact that everyone on both sides of the case know.buy the soon to be released book the "darker side of Justice" if you want to know the truth.
Posted By: Tommy Paine On: 2/7/2014
Title: A family friend
Posted by Tommy paine
I do not believe that Jamie is innocent, She should have went to her parents and , If she did not know how to handle this child she should have left and not let this happen ,I agree with the jury!
Posted By: Frances On: 12/9/2013
Shame on you pastors. Yes justice did prevail. She showed no mercy towards the child. She only got 30 years wjich Iis noy enough. Thanks to the juge for not listening to your foolishness about "sweet" Jamie.
It is apparent that the church does not have anything else better to do than to plead for mercy for a cild abuser. I am appalled that the two pastors did not show compassion towards the child who has suffered and will have to continue to suffer mentally and emotionally because of the cruel treatment he received at the hands on "sweet"Jamie.
Posted By: Jean On: 12/7/2013
She got what was coming to her!!!!!!
Posted By: Dee Louviere On: 12/6/2013
Title: Serves her right!
I am very pleased to read this because I believe that if you abuse yours or someone else's children then you deserve to go to prison. That's what you get!!!!!!