2 Found Guilty of Keeping Child in ‘Abhorrent conditions’ in Ocean County, NJ
Authorities in Ocean County say two women have been found guilty of keeping an 8-year-old in "abhorrent conditions."
Late last week, 57-year-old Donna Jung of Lehigh Acres, FL, and 41-year-old Helecia Morris of Brick Township were found guilty of endangering the welfare of a child in connection to incidents that occurred in 2015 and 2016 in Brick Township.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says on January 9th, 2016, officers from the Brick Township Police Department and representatives from the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency responded to a home on Queen Ann Road in reference to a wellness check on Morris's biological eight-year-old son.
Responding officers found the child locked in his room, which reeked of urine, in abhorrent conditions.
The eight-year-old boy and two other children were removed from the home and were subsequently placed in foster care.
Two days later, Morris and Jung were arrested and then released on bail.
An investigation ... revealed that the eight year-old male victim was locked in his room day and night by Morris and Jung. He was not allowed to use the bathroom in the residence and was excluded from socializing with the rest of the family. The room contained no bed, no furniture, no lights and no toys.
The pair is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7th at which time they face up to ten years in state prison.