A New Jersey woman is behind bars after authorities made a shocking discovery while performing a welfare check on a 12-year-old child.
Nj.com reports that a teacher asked police to perform a welfare check at a Newark home off of Clinton Avenue on Wednesday morning. According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, deputies found the child tethered by chains to a fan once they searched inside the home.
“Responding officers located the boy confined to a bedroom and tethered to a fan by chains and padlocks,” Ambrose said.
Pix 11 reports that the boy was a foster child, living with Wanser Brown, 66. The boy was taken for medical treatment and released to the state’s Child Protection and Permanency agency.
Police arrested Brown and charged her with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The Special Victims Unit of the Newark Police Division and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will reportedly handle the investigation.
Authorities have not released additional information at this time. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Wanser Brown/Police Handout]