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Updated May 31, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Gilbert woman sentenced for abusing adopted son

PHOENIX — A Gilbert woman has been sentenced to 13 1/2 years in prison and
lifetime probation for abusing her adopted son.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 40-year-old Jennifer Barnes was sentenced
Friday.

Court paperwork showed the victim was physically and sexually abused by Barnes,
who was arrested in September 2011 when the boy was 10.

The boy told police that Barnes allegedly put feces in his mouth and taped it
shut, burned sensitive areas of his body with a lighter and curling iron and
violated him with a toothbrush.

Police say the boy described multiple incidents of abuse so severe it caused
him to bleed and a physical exam discovered scarring consistent with his account
of the abuse.

Barnes reportedly was the child’s only caregiver during the time of the alleged
abuse.

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