Bond has been denied a Gwinnett County woman accused of confining her 15-year-old autistic daughter to a closet the size of a cubicle.
The teen’s mother, 35-year-old Jade Jacobs, called 911 July 31 on the advice of the girl’s therapist because she had eaten her own feces.
In a copy of the call obtained by WSB Radio’s Sandra Parrish, Jacobs remains calm as she tells the dispatcher her daughter was diagnosed with developmental delay and schizophrenia.
“She just has a lot of fecal matter in her mouth and she’s getting aggressive,” she says on the call.
Jacobs says she’s called the crisis center before about the behaviors and says they are trying to get a permanent residency for the girl.
“For some reason that has been taking so long and right now I don’t know how much more I can deal with that,” she tells the dispatcher.
Once EMS arrived, they found the girl covered in feces and weighing only 55 pounds.
Det. Brian Dorminy testified the doctor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite told him she had the weight of a 6-year-old and the height of an 11-year-old.
“She had multiple bruises all over her body; some the bruises resembled bed soars which she (the doctor) said would be possibly an indication that she had been restrained or confined to a small area,” he says.
Dorminy says, when questioning the girl at the hospital, she kept asking for food and consumed two hamburgers and a personal pan pizza in under 5 minutes.
Later he questioned three children, ages 9 to 13, at the family’s Lawrenceville home who told him the girl was kept in a closet because she was violent towards them and would often wander.
“Inside the closet there was about a 2 foot by 2 foot exercise mat on the floor, fluorescent lights… no windows. There was a pair of pants, a shirt and they were stained with feces and urine and it reeked of feces and urine,” testified Dorminy.
He says the 13-year-old told him they would place a 40 to 50 pound weight in front of the door to keep the teen inside.
In the 911 call, Jacobs says the girl’s own weapons are herself.
“She does hit herself, picks at her cuts until she makes them bleed… she cuts her lip with her teeth and grinds in there until it bleeds a lot,” she says.
Jacob’s attorney Giles Sexton says the girl’s mental issues have a lot to do with the situation.
“It could have been something other than intentional abuse,” he says.
Jacob’s husband, William Brown, is facing the same charges of child cruelty and false imprisonment but has yet to turn himself in.
Because of that, Gwinnett Magistrate Kristina Blum believes Jacobs could be a flight risk and refused to grant bond. The case was bound over to Superior Court.