STRATFORD, NJ (TCD) — Three women have been taken into custody after a girl escaped and ran to her neighbor wearing a dog collar and saying she would be shocked as a form of punishment.
According to the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, on March 1, a neighbor called Stratford Police when the girl showed up at the neighbor’s house wearing a “dog shock collar”. Police reportedly transported her to a nearby hospital and noticed marks on her neck from the placement of the necklace.
Kelly Menning, 42, Rebecca Menning, 22, and Rachel Menning, 20, who all allegedly have a “legal duty to care” for the girl, face charges of assault and neglect.
The girl, who was only identified as an ID in court documents, reportedly said in an interview with the Camden County Child Advocacy Center that the abuse began in October 2018, when she was 9 years old. Court documents reportedly said the Mennings failed to give him “appropriate amounts of food and clothing.”
The neighbor who called the police, Karen Villec, told NBC New York the girl said to him: “Help me! Help me! Help me! They are shocking me!”
The necklace reportedly kept buzzing in Villec’s hand.
A witness who allegedly lived in the Menning residence at the time of the alleged abuse told police that Mennings would put the collar on the girl when she was “bad”.
Villec told WPVI-TV, “You can hear in the winter, through the windows, still screaming and fighting.”