Three people, including a 17-year-old, were charged last week in New Jersey for allegedly starving twin 2-month-old girls — killing one of them.
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that the infant died on July 8, 2019, shortly after officers found her unresponsive at an apartment in Clementon. The deceased infant’s twin sister was admitted to the hospital after doctors determined she was also severely underweight and had multiple rib fractures, according to NJ.com.
The news outlet reported that Joy Wilson, 36, told police she was the twins’ legal guardian and that they resided with the babies’ parents, Sharode Snell, 22, and a 17-year-old girl.
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The infant’s autopsy, which was completed in July of this year, showed she did not die due to a genetic disorder, but starvation. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.
Wilson, Snell, and the 17-year-old girl were charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and second-degree aggravated assault. Wilson was arrested in Lindenwold on November 18, while Snell and the teen girl were apprehended Monday in North Carolina.
Authorities have not publicly named the 17-year-old suspect, presumably due to her age. Prosecutors did not identify the deceased baby in their statement, but Acting Camden County prosecutor Jill Mayer said the surviving sibling is “thriving and safe.”
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