mother of missing nj teen charged with child endangerment after abuse and neglect claims surface

Mother Of Missing NJ Teen Charged With Child Endangerment After Abuse And Neglect Claims Surface

A mother who publicly requested the police as well as the public to help find her 14-year-old daughter is now being charged with child endangerment.

39-year-old Jamie Moore was arrested and is accused of physical abuse and neglect, per authorities.

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A good Samaritan on 111th Street in Harlem had noticed the teen despite her cutting off her hair. NYPD officers were then able to talk to her and determine her identity.

The prosecutor said that she did not want to return home, adding how she had stayed in various places in New Jersey, before ending up at a shelter in Brooklyn. It’s still not clear how she was able to get from East Orange to Brooklyn and then back to Harlem. Authorities say she the teen was very resourceful.

The teen had not been in school since it started in September. At the time of her disappearance, her mother urged the teen was not a runaway.

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Jamie Moore posted to a GoFundMe site a new message pushing for changes to be made to the Amber Alert protocols.

“No mother should go through what I have these last few weeks. My family and I want to ensure certain legal channels are altered to better aid families in preventing possible tragedies. This includes certain law enforcement protocols like the Amber Alert. Please help us make a difference.”

“My daughter did not run away, an Amber Alert, right away, they should have put it in, but because it didn’t fit the criteria — what the h*ll is the criteria?” Moore said. “For us to never see her again?” However, prosecutors say the teen did in fact run away.

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The teen had gone missing nearly a month ago. She was last seen outside Poppie’s Deli on Central Avenue in East Orange. Many members of the community were involved in the case — including those who searched, donated and emotionally supported the now mother

Now neighbors have more questions and some feel misled. But also thankful the teen is home safe.

“I was scared that we might have been walking past her, like, you know, abducted by someone and hurt and in one these abandoned buildings and we’re walking past her every day,” neighbor Sharif Abdullah said. “I’m just hoping that whatever is going on in the household that caused her to leave, I hope they can resolve that.”

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