Utah Mom Sentenced to Prison for Lying about Her Son’s Potty Training Death

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A Utah mom has been sentenced to serve up to 15 years in prison for lying to police after her boyfriend brutally beat her 2-year-old son – a reaction to failed attempts at potty training, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jasmine Ruth Bridgeman, 24, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony in March.

On Monday, 2nd District Judge John Morris said her prison time was an appropriate punishment for her withholding from police the truth about what happened to her son.

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“Your actions were as abhorrent as they are heartbreaking in light of the care expected as a parent,” Morris told Bridgeman in court. “Essentially, what I must conclude is that you chose your boyfriend over your child’s welfare.”

According to the Tribune, Bridgeman admitted that she gave false information to the police during the death investigation of James “J.J.” Sieger Jr.

Last May, James Sieger was brought to a Davis County hospital brutally beaten and bruised. Bridgeman said it was a result of an accident but examiners found the toddler had been severely battered. He died two days later.

Her boyfriend, 35-year-old Joshua Schoenenberger, pleaded not guilty to the crimes Monday. He is charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder and second-degree felony child abuse for allegedly causing the fatal injuries on the boy.

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Joshua Schoenenberger (Via Davis County Jail)

Prosecutors argued in court that Schoenenberger assaulted James out of frustration at attempts in potty training, according to Salt Lake City TV station, Fox 13.

One of the detectives on the case said in court Schoenenberger also initially lied to police about what happened. He claimed the boy was left alone in the tub for 40 minutes and found him facedown in the tub when he returned. His other story was Bridgeman did the beating.

The detective told the courtroom Schoenenberger did eventually come clean about the incident, The Tribune reports. He said while “taking a shower with the young boy, he picked him up, squeezed him hard and then dropped him.”

Bridgeman gave the following statement in court.

“I continue to pray that no mother feels the pain I feel every day,” Bridgeman said in court Monday. “… May my son rest in peace and may God save my soul.”

Lia Sestric

Lia Sestric

With a broadcast news career that spans more than a decade, Lia Sestric has had the opportunity to cover local and national news for television and radio. Most recently, Lia was a reporter for ABC News 4 in Charleston. She has been freelance writing for a number of years, writing frequently about higher education & careers, health care, and finance. Her work has appeared on major sites like GoBankingRates, Yahoo, MSN, The Huffington Post, HealthPlans.com, University.com, eHow, and many other news outlets.
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