A New Jersey woman has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after her 4-year-old daughter was beaten and she didn’t seek medical treatment, leading to the girl’s death, as reported by NJ.com.
Lucy Gunter, 20, was taken into police custody after Natalise “Kayla” Gunter was pronounced dead upon being rushed to Cooper University Hospital on Tuesday morning. Officials say emergency staff found the 20-year-old attempting CPR on her young daughter, but it was too late.
Below is audio of Gunter’s call to 911, which has been obtained by Courier-Post.
Investigators allege that Gunter told them that her boyfriend, Najugan Ross, beat the little girl, four days earlier, for refusing to eat. After days passed, in which the little girl seemed sick, sleeping all day, the 20-year-old did not seek out medical treatment, according to court documents.
NJ.com has reported that Gunter’s family and friends say both mother and daughter were victims of domestic abuse at the hands of Ross. Gunter told police that he admitted to beating the little girl and on Saturday she came home to find her daughter missing a tooth and with a deep cut on her forehead.
“She wasn’t in this by herself,” Gunter’s mother, Jessica Lightfoot, said. “She was a victim, too.”
Surprisingly, authorities have not announced if Ross would be charged with any crime, though he is already behind bars after being arrested for an unrelated offense.
Lucy Gunter, who has no criminal record, appeared in court earlier this week in order to seek release as as she awaits trial, as reported by Courier-Post.
Lucy Gunter, 20-year-old Camden woman charged with endangering the welfare of her 4-year-old daughter, Natalise, who police say died days after a beating, has been released on her own recognizance.MORE ON THIS STORY, MOM's 911 CALL –> http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/19/gunter-camden-child-endangering/493249001/
Posted by Courier-Post on Friday, July 21, 2017
Family and friends cheered as she was granted bail, though Superior Court Judge Edward McBride cautioned that she would be brought back in if the state upped the charges to homicide.
“That’s definitely a possibility,” said Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Christine Shah. “That decision has not yet been made at this time.”
Lucy Gunter has two other children, aged one and two. She faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.