(CNN)It's one of the worst cases of child abuse you'll ever hear about: a young boy, locked in a dank, dark bathroom for a least a year. And the person accused of putting him there? His own mother.
Authorities say Brandy James locked her son, now 12, in an upstairs bathroom in her Toquerville, Utah, home for perhaps as long as two years.
When they found him, the boy was so severely malnourished, he weighed just 30 pounds.