BELLEVILLE, IL (KMOX) – The mother and stepfather of a Scott Air Force Base-area boy are under arrest, accused of torturing the child by forcing him to eat metal screws, according to police.
Thirty-nine-year-old Lashawn Jennings is charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the life of a child. Her bond is set at $20,000.
Jennings’ husband, James Jennings, is charged with numerous counts of aggravated battery, domestic battery and endangering the life of a child. He’s being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $400,000 bond.
The Jennings’ 12-year-old son is in foster care, but he will have to undergo surgery to remove two metal screws in his body.