BOISE — A Kuna man and woman now have a court date scheduled after a grand jury indicted them, finding evidence they starved a young child and caused her to go into cardiac arrest.
Gwendalyn Buthman, 42, and Byron Buthman, 54, were each indicted on two charges of felony injury to children, with the enhancement of infliction of great bodily injury during the commission of a felony. Those charges stem from October 2015 to March 2018, during which time the girl in the case was between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, according to the indictment. During that time, Gwendalyn and Byron Buthman were “only providing (the girl) with a protein powder/texture vegetable protein in place of meals,” leading eventually to “starvation and/or causing (the girl) to suffer cardiac arrest,” according to the indictment.
According to that document, the Buthmans also isolated the girl from her siblings, forced her to eat outside or while sitting on the ground, made her relieve herself in a bucket outside, kept her outside “for extended periods of time with inadequate clothing,” and made her sleep on the floor of a laundry room with no bedding or pillows. They made her take cold showers and baths, gave her only two sets of clothes for a whole year in order to punish her for soiling herself, and withheld all her toys from her, according to the indictment. The two adults forced her to do “age inappropriate chores, such as picking up animal feces and if the chore was not considered completed, to stay outdoors for extended periods of time.”
The grand jury also believed Gwendalyn and Byron Buthman didn’t allow the girl to be with her family on holidays, barred her from being hugged or shown affection, and placed her in a group home.
The two were booked into the Ada County Jail about 3 p.m. Thursday. They each afforded a $10,000 bond, however, and are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing 1:30 p.m. Monday.