An East Orange man and woman who brutally beat a 3-year-old girl hospitalized with serious injuries were friends with her mother, authorities said.
Tevin Molentiel, 28, and Tamika Dorsey, 36 were charged with multiple child abuse offenses after the toddler in the care was found with numerous serious injuries and fractures, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and East Orange Public Safety Director Dominick Saldida announced Thursday.
Molentiel and Dorsey are in a romantic relationship and friends with the victim's mom, a spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office told Daily Voice. They were charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, authorities said.
The girl was being cared for by Molentiel and Dorsey at their East Orange home when she suffered fractures to her knees, arm, and hand, and several more serious injuries, Stephens and Saldida said.
“Even as Essex County combats the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement continues to actively and thoroughly investigate all allegations of child abuse and neglect occurring within our borders," said Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Conrad, who is handling the case,
The investigation is active and ongoing. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hillside Police Department, and the East Orange Police Department.
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