A New Jersey 14-year-old who was found safe in New York City this week after she went missing from her home a month ago informed cops her mother had been abusing her for years.
Officials are now stating that Jashyah Moore, 14, ran away from home on October 14 to escape the verbal and physical abuse she suffered at home.
“The young lady appears to have run away,” Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens said on Friday. “And she did not want to make herself known to anyone as to where she was. She seemed to be… more so at ease where she was.”
Jashyah was discovered safe on Thursday after a passerby recognized her and notified police.
A day later, her mother, Jamie Moore, 39, was arrested on charges of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, which includes ‘allegations of physical abuse and also neglect,’ according to a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jashyah and her 3-year-old brother have since been removed from their mother’s custody by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
Per a criminal complaint filed in an Essex County, New Jersey court, Jamie Moore beat Jashyah with objects such as a frying pan several times, stabbed her in the shoulder, sprayed bleach in her eyes and pulled her braids out.
The abuse left the child with multiple scars and bruises.
The teen was also expected to care for her 3-year-old brother and would have to cook for him and her mother or they would not eat.
She was also allegedly forced to miss days of virtual schooling as she was caring for her younger brother, and her mother refused to enroll her in the 2021 – 22 school year.
The compliant stated how Jamie instead forced her daughter to stand in the street and beg for money. And if she did not come back with a certain amount, Jamie would reportedly beat her.
On the day the teen disappeared Jashyah allegedly had returned home after visiting a deli in East Orange, New Jersey, where the family lived, and informed her mother she lost their EBT Card.
Jamie then allegedly beat her daughter.
The complaint shares a stark difference in Jamie Moore — who was crying and begging for the public to help find her daughter this past Tuesday.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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