An Eagle Mountain couple are in jail following their arrest for felony child abuse where they kept their 5 year old son locked in a bedroom without light or access to food or a bathroom.
On August 3, 2017 Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff's Office arrested Clarissa Anne Tobiasson, age 27, and her husband Brett Parker Tobiasson, age 31, both of Eagle Mountain for child abuse where they intentionally inflicted serious physical injury on their 5 year old son. The charge is a 2nd degree felony and both were booked on one count and have had bail set at $10,000.00 cash or bond. Their arrests came after several months of investigation where workers with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) interviewed witnesses and the victim in the case. Investigators learned that the 6 year old boy, who was 5 years old when the crime occurred, would be locked into a basement room that was about 10' x 10'. The room had no light and had a loose carpet covering the floor. The boy had only a mattress and a blanket to sleep with. That room was locked from the outside and the boy would be locked there around 6:00-7:00 PM and would not be let out until after 6:00 in the morning. The boy described that he would go to the bathroom while in the room and put the waste in a hole in a wall so he would not get in trouble. Investigators also learned that the boy was fed a diet that consisted largely of carrots. He would be required to eat carrots before every meal and if he did not finish them within a certain time limit he would not be allowed to eat the rest of the meal. In another instance he was disciplined for eating samples at a local store when he knew he was supposed to eat carrots before eating anything else.
In this case "Serious physical injury" is defined by statute as anything that "causes serious emotional harm to the child" or "any conduct toward a child that results in severe emotional harm, severe developmental delay or intellectual disability, or severe impairment of the child's ability to function". (Utah Code 76-5-109) The 6 year old victim was adopted by the Tobiasson's, as was his 2 year old brother. The Tobiasson's also have a 2 month old girl. The victim in this case is in the care of a grandmother. The 2 year old and 2 month old children are in the custody of DCFS.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO