Toddler allegedly beaten to death over dirty diaper

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A 2-year-old Utah boy died after authorities say he was beaten by his own mother and her boyfriend because he had a "potty" problem in his pants.

"This has been the worst and most difficult day of my life." James Seiger, the boy’s father, told KUTV. "He was the best kid; he was funny, he was very smart."

The boy, JJ, died early Monday morning.

“We felt him take his last breath,” said Nicole Seiger, the boy’s aunt.

The boy died as result of being beaten, kicked, punched and dropped, KUTV reported, citing local police.

"It's just horrible," Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman told the station.

The accused is JJ's own mother, 23-year-old Jasmine Bridgeman, and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Joshua Schoenenberger.

Police said the beatings had to do with potty training. According to jail documents. JJ soiled his diaper and the couple became furious, even taking the diaper off and smearing it in his face. Documents say Schoenenberger continued to beat him while Bridgeman went outside and smoked a cigarette.

“There are no words,” Nicole Seiger told KUTV. “There are no words what this baby went through and the pain he suffered."

Police said the couple brought JJ to the hospital and reported he had almost drowned in the bathtub. But police said it was clear that's not what happened: He had internal bleeding, bruising to his legs, groin, arms and head.

"It's just unfathomable that anyone could do this," said Wolfgang Sieger, JJ’s grandfather. The boy’s grandmother, Krista Seiger, told the station, “It's hard to find words."

Homicide charges are expected against the couple.

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13 comments

  • Veronica

    Reading stuff like this really breaks my heart. I can’t believe a mother could do this to her own child. I hope they both pay for hurting that little angel!

  • ZebraStripes

    And Christians have the nerve to point fingers at Muslims. Look in the mirror sometime if you want to see real evil.

  • Shelley

    You know there are a lot of families that would of taken him, the mother does not deserve him rip in pease J J

  • Celavi

    This is a real tragedy, and very sad; and unfortunately, this is not the first time an innocent child dies by their “so parents” hands. However, the people who knew this child and his mother, had to know this child was being abused, mistreated, and in the wrong care.. Why didn’t they do, or say something to prevent this tragedy? If you see something, say something…isn’t that what is always being preached out there? The public has the right to interfere on behalf of innocent victims like this child…So, please, if you see a child being abused, say something to prevent another tragedy. One child at a time can be saved by these monsters they once thought that loved them!

  • Enough

    Me to……I hope they beat them to death in prison……that poor baby could have had dozens of loving and wanting parents…….If you don’t want those precious gifts PLEASE give them to someone who will be glad to change a dirty diaper.