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LAYTON, Utah — A Utah mother has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after her 2-year-old died from injuries that police say were caused during a potty training incident.

Jasmine Bridgeman, 24, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, on March 14.

Last May, 2-year-old James Sieger was brought to a Davis County hospital severely battered and bruised. He died two days later.

Police say the couple claimed it was an accident and said he had almost drowned in the bathtub. The boy had internal bleeding, bruising to his legs, groin, arms and head.

But a closer examination showed the toddler had been severely beaten.

According to court documents, the boy was abused by his mother, and her boyfriend, Joshua Schoenenberger, 34. Documents state the abuse happened at Shoenenberger’s home.

Some of the abuse was a result of attempts to potty train the toddler, according to court documents.

The boy reportedly defecated in his diaper and the couple became furious, even taking the diaper off and smearing it in his face.

Documents state Schoenenberger continued to beat the boy while Bridgeman went outside and smoked a cigarette.

On Monday, Schoenenberger pleaded not guilty on charges of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony and child abuse, a second-degree felony. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for May 9.

During Bridgeman’s sentencing Monday, she read a prepared statement saying she was sorry for her actions and that she took full responsibility for what happened, WITI reported.

But the judge said her actions were as “abhorrent as they are heartbreaking” — and that Bridgeman ultimately chose her boyfriend over her child.

The judge sentenced her to one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.

CNN contributed to this report. 

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