GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ – Two adults and a juvenile have been charged in connection with starving a pair of two-month-old twins, leading to the death of one of the infants, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins.
Joy Wilson, 36, Sharode Snell, 22, and a 17-year-old juvenile, all of Lindenwold, have each been charged with one count of second-degree Manslaughter, two counts of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault.
Police were called to the La Cascata Apartments on July 8, 2019, for a report of an unresponsive infant. The infant was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead.
After performing an autopsy, a medical examiner requested additional testing to determine the infant’s cause and manner of death. Detectives said the other two-month-old infant was admitted to the hospital after doctors determined the baby was severely underweight and had healing injuries.
The infant’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner on July 8, 2020 after test results confirmed the baby’s death was not due to a genetic disorder, but starvation.
“This is one of those tragic cases that you can hardly believe when you learn the suffering these two babies went through, ultimately leading to one of their deaths,” said Mayer. “While we are deeply saddened that one of the babies died as a result of this abuse, we are grateful that her twin sister was able to be treated and is now thriving and safe. The lengthy and meticulous investigation in this matter was of paramount importance to everyone who took part in it-, from the CCPO detectives, assistant prosecutors, and victim advocates to the Gloucester Township detectives, to the doctors at the New Jersey CARES Institute, to the Camden County Medical Examiner’s Office. Each agency worked tirelessly to bring about some measure of justice for these babies.”
Wilson was arrested in Lindenwold on Nov. 19. Snell and the 17-year-old were located and arrested in North Carolina by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Nov. 23.
Wilson was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility awaiting a detention hearing. Snell and the 17-year-old are in custody in North Carolina awaiting further court proceedings.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.