BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The adoptive mother of a southwestern Illinois boy who authorities say was forced by his stepfather to do hundreds of pushups and eat two screws as punishment is now charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.
Prosecutors in St. Clair county charged 39-year-old Lashawn Jennings on Saturday.
Her husband, James Jennings, already had been charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery and child endangerment. He's jailed on $400,000 bond.
Police began investigating last week after the 12-year-old boy reported the alleged abuse to a nurse at an elementary school on Scott Air Force Base, where Lashawn Jennings is stationed.
Authorities say Lashawn Jennings was in Florida at the time of her husband's alleged misconduct.
Online court records do not show whether the Jennings have an attorney.