Mother charged in death of NJ girl, 8

May 23, 2011 3:14:06 PM PDT
Authorities have charged a woman with manslaughter and child endangerment after her 8-year-old daughter was found dead in their New Jersey home. Authorities say the child was severely malnourished and had an untreated broken leg.

Thirty-year-old Venette Ovilde of Irvington has been charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

The woman's roommate, 23-year-old Myriam Janvier, also has been charged with child endangerment.

It was not immediately known if they had retained lawyers.

Irvington police responded to a report of a child not breathing Sunday afternoon and pronounced the child dead at the scene.

An autopsy ruled the child's death a homicide.

Prosecutors say the child's 7-year-old sister and 6 -year-old brother were hospitalized, suffering from malnutrition and other injuries.

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