Erie mom sentenced for locking son in trailer

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GREELEY, Colo. – An Erie woman who locked her teenage son inside a rodent and bug-infested room for hours at a time was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.

Amanda Joliff, 37, pleaded guilty to felony False Imprisonment and misdemeanor Child Abuse.

She was arrested in October 2011 after a neighbor called police when he found the frightened boy, who was 14 at the time, hiding under his porch.

According to the arrest affidavit, Joliff’s son was locked inside a small room “completely filled with junk and a soiled mattress with no sheets.”

The only window in the room was boarded up and there was a hole in the roof.

In arguing for leniency, Joliff’s defense attorney mentioned alleged abuse his client suffered as a child, including being abandoned inside a cardboard box at the age of nine.

She will be eligible for parole in three years.

Joliff’s boyfriend, Richard Smith, was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation for his involvement.

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