LaShauna Eskeets Wiki – LaShauna Eskeets Biography
LaShauna Eskeets is the Idaho woman accused of torturing her young stepson by waterboarding the child and hitting him over the head. Eskeets was arrested on May 29 after the child’s father took him to the Idaho Falls Community Hospital.
The boy’s father told the police he was not aware of the abuse, which Eskeets admitted had been going on for more than a year, according to an affidavit obtained by the Post Register. Heavy has reached out to the Idaho Falls Police Department for a copy of the criminal complaint.
Who is LaShauna Eskeets
Eskeets is originally from Chinle, Arizona, according to her Facebook page. A search of public records in Apache County does not yield any prior charges or arrests against Eskeets.
LaShauna Eskeets Waterboarded Stepson
But Eskeets admitted to Idaho Falls police that she began hitting her stepson when the family lived in Arizona, the Idaho Press reported. The newspaper, citing the criminal affidavit, reported that Eskeets told detectives she frequently locked the boy in his room.
She also confessed that she would hit the boy when she felt he was not learning numbers and shapes fast enough. Eskeets said other family members briefly kept her away from the child after she gave him a bloody nose but that after apologizing, she continued stroking him in the head. She also admitted to putting her hand over the boy’s mouth as punishment. An Idaho Falls detective noted in the criminal complaint that Eskeets “actually hates” the child.
Eskeets’ 5-year-old stepson weighed just 35 pounds when his father brought him to the hospital on May 26 and doctors considered him to be malnourished. The Post Register reported the child’s injuries included head and eye swelling and a hematoma. Doctors also found evidence that a bone between his elbow and shoulder had been broken and never set. The boy had also suffered broken ribs. Officials alerted police.
Records from the Bonneville County Magistrate Court show Eskeets was arrested on May 29 and bond was set at $500,000. Eskeets was still listed as an inmate at the Bonneville County Jail as of this writing on June 9. Her next court hearing was scheduled for June 12.
Eskeets was charged with seven felonies. Six of the charges were for felony injury to a child, which is described in the state’s legal code:
18-1501. INJURY TO CHILDREN. (1) Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any child to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any child, willfully causes or permits the person or health of such child to be injured, or willfully causes or permits such child to be placed in such situation that its person or health is endangered, is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or in the state prison for not less than one (1) year nor more than ten (10) years.
Charged in Old Cases
Eskeets was also charged with one count of aggravated battery. The charges relate to incidents dating back to January 1, 2019, court records show. If convicted on all of the charges, she could face up to 75 years behind bars.
The judge ordered Eskeets to stay away from the child. The current no-contact order will remain in place until June 1, 2023.
The court records also list Eskeets’ birth year as 1998, which would make her about 22 years old. Local outlets in Idaho have published Eskeets’ age as 28.