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Monday, October 11, 2010
The Children Story - Taping Is Not A Funny Game
The 22- month-old toddler and his 18-year-old teen mom who duct-taped him to a wall for laughs have been reunited.
The teen mom was sentenced to at least 10 days in jail, to be served over five weekends, and two years of probation. Hamm will finish her sentence in three weeks.
The boy is now living with his mother and that state health officials would continue to monitor the boy's home, while prosecutors investigate a separate case to see if Hamm should continue to have custody of the child.
The boy was placed in state custody after shocking photos showing him duct-taped to a wall by his mother and her boyfriend surfaced earlier this year.
The two were sentenced last month after photos surfaced showing they duct-taped the toddler to the wall.
Gage County District Court Judge Paul Korslund was shocked, "it's a matter of common sense that a parent would protect her child from humiliation and abuse," Korslund said. "And why that occurred is something we're all asking ourselves."
Duct tape has a lot of uses, but this one is just horrific.
Jayla Hamm, 18, from Beatrice, Nebraska, about 40 miles south of Lincoln, held her son against a wall while her boyfriend, Corde Honea, 19, taped his wrists and legs with neon green duct tape in January.
Police said the Beatrice, Neb.'s couple showed off the photos of the boy, dressed in a red onesie and white socks, to their friends as a joke.
The affadavit says photos taken on Hamm's digital camera showed the boy crying while he was taped.
Corde Honea and Jayla Hamm (r), mother of toddler With News Wire Services.
Hamm was sentenced to at least 10 days in jail and two years of probation.
Honea was sentenced to 36 to 60 months behind bars for intentional child abuse.
Police said the couple was "high after a night of partying" and taped him to the wall for entertainment.
As part of the plea deal, the teen mom agreed to seek drug counselling and to become a cooperating witness against her boyfriend in an upcoming weapons trial.
In one photo, the small child's arms are placed behind his back.
In another, the boy is seen trying to reach for his sippy cup that had been taped to the wall — just out of his reach. All photos: New York Daily News
Hamm's neighbors were horrified when they saw the photos.
The couple was kicked out of their rented home after the incident.