Tai-Ling Gigliotti, the woman accused of imprisoning and torturing her son, has been found guilty of two counts of aggravated child abuse.
The verdict came only hours after her defense attorney read from a journal belonging to her adopted son.
"I asked permission to do something while I had another purpose in mind. I asked if mommy's bedroom needed to be vacuumed while I really wanted to steal something like a Game Boy or jewelry," said defense attorney Jimmy Brown, as he read from the boy's journal.
We are not identifying the teenager because he is a minor.
He sat in the court room quietly during closing arguments as the defense painted him as a disturbed, manipulative boy who stole, vandalized and even burned down the family's pool house. The defense says the only time Gigliotti got physical was in self defense.
"Every single witness who came in testified that there appeared to be a loving relationship," Brown told the jury.
But prosecutors say the relationship was far from loving. They say Gigliotti caged the boy in a bathroom for days and months at a time. They says he also faced severe beatings including a vicious one on February 9th, 2009 that lead to him finally escaping to a neighbor's home.
"He wasn't going to die in that home. He would not endure life like this anymore," prosecutor Brian Trehy told the jury.
Gigliotti faces 60 years in prison for aggravated child abuse. The prosecution says she abused the teen, beating him with a wooden stick several times.
Prosecutors also showed video of the bathroom they say was transformed into a prison.
"Hinge pins were removed. There was plywood on the windows. There was fishing line attached to the plywood on the window. The power was off. There were brackets on the door frame," Trehy told the jury.
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