Three New Jersey women were arrested this week after police said a 13-year-old girl in their care showed up on a neighbor’s doorstep wearing an electric shock collar to the dogs used by the trio. to punish her.
Rachel Mennig20, Rebecca Mennig22 and Kelly MennigThe 42-year-old was taken into custody and charged with one count each of aggravated assault, child abuse and neglect of a child, court documents showed by Law & Crime.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Stratford Police Department officers on Tuesday, March 1 responded to a 911 call about potential child abuse. A neighbor, later identified as Karen Vilec of Statord Township, told police that the little girl came to the door, wearing a shock necklace and begging for help.
Upon arrival at the scene, first responders reported observing that the child, identified in court documents by initials ID, had “marks on the neck consistent with collar wear, “according to the affidavit. The child was transported to Jefferson Hospital in Stratford for medical treatment.
In an interview with investigators, the girl said that her relative, Rachel Mennig, would hang her around her neck and electrocute her repeatedly as a form of punishment, the affidavit read. The child allegedly said that Rachel had done this to her several times in the past.
The child was removed from the home by the New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Normality (DCPP) and taken to the Camden County Child Advocacy Center. In a follow-up forensic interview, the 13-year-old told investigators that Rachel first started using the shock collar when she was 9 years old and in fourth grade.
“The accounts detail IDs where Kelly and Rebecca have also used the dog’s shock collar as a form of punishment. The identification also details the time during which she was deprived of appropriate amounts of food and comfortable clothing,” the affidavit read.
All three women, whose relationship to the girl was cut from the affidavit, denied having any knowledge of the shocking necklace. However, police said they were investigating an unidentified witness, who also lived in the home where the abuse allegedly took place.
“According to this eyewitness account, he/she explained that he/she had observed dog shock collars being used on identification multiple times in the past as a form of punished when she engaged in ‘bad’ behavior,” the affidavit said. “It was explained that he/she had witness ID deprived of food and amenities. “
The affidavit further alleges the young girl was forced to assist the adult in the theft. That’s in addition to wearing a shocking necklace and being deprived of food.
In one interview with Philadelphia NBC affiliate WCAU, Vilec recounted what happened when the child arrived at her doorstep.
“My doorbell rang frantically and I opened the door and [she] say, ‘Help me! Help me! Help me! They shocked me! ‘ And because I was confused, I was seeing the dog collar, she was wearing it on my arm,” Vilec told the station. “And I said, ‘Is your dog lost?’ And she said, ‘No! Is not! They shocked me! ‘ Show marks on her neck. ”
Vilec testified that when she took the dog collar from the girl’s hand, it buzzed in her hand.
“I don’t get it,” said Vilec. “You know, who puts a dog collar, first of all, who puts it on their dog? Leave a child alone? ”
Read the affidavit below.
[Images via WCAU screengrab]
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