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Day found guilty in abuse trial

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Jaime Day (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Jaime Day (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

Jaime Day left the Calcasieu courthouse on Wednesday evening, convicted of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the abuse of her 9-year-old stepson.

"I think the verdict was reasonable. It's an unfortunate event for both sides, both families in this equation for us ... It was really easy ... We cannot and will not tolerate this kind of treatment of our children in Calcasieu Parish," said Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier.

Special prosecutor Lori Nunn tried the case for the state, entering over 100 pieces of evidence and calling 13 witnesses to the stand, including the victim who turned 13 during the duration of the trial.

"You have the word of an adult against the word of a 9-year-old child with not a tremendous amount of physical evidence to back it up," DeRosier said.

In addition to the little physical evidence they did have, the state says a video played during the trial showing one of the boys episodes was one of the most vital pieces of evidence.

"You were able to see the jury's reaction to that video which was actually provided by the defendant the jury obviously felt a tremendous impact from that video and the video demonstrated the way in which that child was being treated," DeRosier said.

The jury was instructed on three lesser charges before deliberating, including attempted second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, cruelty to a juvenile and attempted cruelty to a juvenile.

They returned a verdict of guilty as charged.

DeRosier said this case should serve as a message to the residents of Calcasieu Parish and an accolade to parish law enforcement.

"Law enforcement will seek out those who would do injury to our young children and bring them to justice, and that's a good thing. In this society, we have to know that there is somebody there to protect those who cannot protect themselves," he said.

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