Photos Reveal Abused Toddler Duct-Taped to Wall by Mom

Teen mom Jayla Hamm retains custody of son after dramatic photo session.

ByRussell Goldman
October 04, 2010, 5:57 PM

Oct. 5, 2010— -- Photos of a teen mother and her boyfriend duct-taping her 2-year-old son to a wall have been made public by Nebraska prosecutors, weeks after they were convicted for the incident in which they took pictures of the toddler for fun.

The child, temporarily removed from his mother's custody, is again living with the mother, an 18-year-old admitted drug user.

Sentenced late last month, Jayla Hamm, who was 17 at the time of the abuse, received 10 days in jail and two years probation. Her boyfriend, Corde Honea, 19, an ex-convict, was sentenced to three to five years for child abuse and received an additional 12 to 24 months on felony possession of stolen firearms.

In some of the photographs, the boy, dressed in a red onesie, is seen hunched over, unable to escape, his wrists firmly taped to the wall behind his back and above his shoulders.

One photograph shows a smiling Hamm posing with her son, whose fingers have been wrapped in a thick shell of tape. In another, the boy's sippy cup is taped to a wall just beyond his reach, and he's crying as he struggles to grab the cup.

Mom's Friend Reported Her

"This happened on New Year's Eve. They were getting high on pot and thought this was a fun thing to do," Ritnour said. "They thought it was a joke."

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