Five Orem children whose mother was sent to the Utah State Prison for child abuse are now wards of the state and will be placed for adoption, an Orem Department of Public Safety spokesman said.
An order was filed Wednesday in 4th District Juvenile Court by Judge Leslie Brown terminating all parental rights of Loretta Larsen James, 33.James pleaded no contest to second-degree felony child abuse and was sentenced Dec. 16 by 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding to one to 15 years in the state prison.
The woman was arrested April 5 by Orem police following reports that she was locking her 6-year-old son in his bedroom and handcuffing him to his bed. Police reports said the boy suffered from malnutrition.
The children - ages 12, 9, 7, 6 and 3 - have been in foster homes since James' arrest.
In a plea agreement reached in July, the defendant pleaded no contest to the child abuse charge in exchange for the dismissal of an additional class A misdemeanor child abuse charge.