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Gwinnett mother accused of locking up daughter denied bond

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Jade Jacobs appears in court. Jade Jacobs appears in court.
Jade Jacobs, courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department Jade Jacobs, courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department

A Gwinnett County mother accused of holding her teenage daughter captive in her own home appeared in court Thursday.

Police say Jade Jacobs, 35, kept her 15-year-old daughter locked in a windowless closet in a basement in the family home located on La Mesa Drive in Lawrenceville. According to police, the girl is mentally challenged believed to have autism.

According to police, the teen survive but weighed just 55 pounds when her mother was arrested and charged with child cruelty and false imprisonment. Police say she had the height of an 11-year-old child.

It was revealed in court Thursday that Jacobs first called 911 after her daughter reportedly put her own feces in a bowl and began to eat it.

“She had stated that the victim had defecated in a bowl and was eating her stool. The therapist advised her to call 911. She called 911,” said Sergeant Brian Dorminy with Gwinnett County Police.

Police say Jacobs took her 15-year-old daughter to Scottish Rite August 1 and told the hospital “she could not do it anymore.”

According to a police report, a nurse called police about the patient saying the teen had bruising, weighed only 60 pounds and was malnourished. Doctors say the girl had lacerations on her lip and there were several pressure sores on her knees and bottom, from being confined in a small space.

In the report, the nurse told police the girl was "eating all she could get her hands on." Jacobs told the medical staff the girl and a younger sister had an altercation and then the malnourished teen began eating her own feces.

Jacobs said Thursday through her attorney she had been trying to get psychological help for her disabled daughter, but somehow she ended up behind bars.

Jacobs was denied bond on Thursday and remains in jail.

The victim and three younger siblings have been placed in protective custody. Police have also issued warrants for Jacobs' husband, an out-of-state trucker, who also lives in the Lawrenceville home. Police say he hasn't turned himself in yet.

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