ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Utahns rally around a boy found extremely malnourished after police say his mom locked him in a bathroom in Toquerville.
Support for the child known as the "Jaynes Boy" has grown beyond the Beehive State, after the 12-year-old was found weighing 30 pounds.
"We've had calls from London, San Francisco, and New York. People are just calling," Washington County Children's Justice Center Office Coordinator Stacey Garcia said.
The non-profit was appointed to handle donations for the child, at the request of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. As of Friday, toys, clothing and blankets were to pilling up.
"I'm not surprised at the outpouring of support. This little boy just should not have ever gone through this. Never. No one should," Garcia said.
Deputies arrested Brandy Jaynes, 36, and accuse her of locking her son in an upstairs bathroom and starving him for up to two years. Law enforcement described the bathroom as a "torture chamber."
The 12-year-old was brought to Dixie Regional Medical Center Sunday by his father. The child looked like a Holocaust camp victim, according to law enforcement. The boy was so weak, he could not stand on his own.
"That's terrible and I don't know how that could be happening down the road and we didn't even know," Kaitlynn Elwood said.
"It's just not right at all," Zak Thomas said.
The county attorney is in the process of appointing an attorney for the boy, after which, financial donations will be accepted.
Children's Justice Center staff is gathering names and contact information from those wanting to give money. They will reach out to donors when a fund is properly set up.
If you would like to provide donations, cards, or letters for the 12 year old please contact:
Washington County Children's Justice Center
463 East 500 South
Fax: (435) 673-1785
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