Mom gets 15 years in prison for two-year-old's potty training death

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah -- A Utah mom accused of lying to police after her boyfriend severely beat her son out of frustration in attempts to potty train the two-year-old has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

24-year-old Jasmine Bridgeman pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, on March 14th.

Last May, James Sieger was brought to a Davis County hospital severely battered and bruised. He died two days later.

Bridgeman claimed it was a result of an accident -- but a closer examination showed the toddler had been severely beaten.

Prosecutors later claimed Bridgeman’s boyfriend, 35-year-old Joshua Schoenenberger had beaten James out of frustration in his attempts to potty train the two-year-old.

On Monday, Schoenenberger pleaded not guilty on charges of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony and child abuse, a second-degree felony. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for May 9th.

During Bridgeman’s sentencing Monday, she read a prepared statement saying she was sorry for her actions and that she took full responsibility for what happened.

But the judge did not believe her and said her actions were as “abhorrent as they are heartbreaking" -- and that Bridgeman ultimately chose her boyfriend over her child.

The judge sentenced her to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.