Jamie Moore, mother of 14-year-old Jashyah Moore, has been arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment. According to Jashyah, her mother would physically abuse her and that was why she ran away from home back in October.
The mother was arrested Friday and is being held in the Essex County Correctional Facility on very disturbing charges. Her hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Both her daughter and her 3-year-old son have been removed from her care and placed with the New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
It is unclear if the 40-year-old mother has a lawyer.
Jashyah and her mother were originally in the news when the 14-year-old ran away from her N.J. home and was later found in a New York woman’s shelter. Police and volunteers ran a month-long search to find the girl while Jamie Moore publicly mourned her missing daughter.
When Jashyah was finally found on Nov. 11, East Orange police officers became aware of the abuse claims.
Court documents say that those alleged abuse incidents include “stabbing the victim to her shoulder causing a laceration that is still visible, spraying bleach in her eyes, pulling her braids out and striking her with several objects, including a frying pan.”
Jashyah says that her mother would kneel on her back and neck, which made hard for her to breathe. Court documents said that the abuse has been going on for two years.
According to the daughter, she didn’t want to come home on Oct. 15 because she lost the family’s grocery card and knew that her mother would beat her up if she didn’t find it.
The daughter said that when she didn’t come home with the card another time her mother cursed her out, grabbed her by the neck, physically assaulted her and told her to not come home until she found the card.
During the search for her daughter, Jamie Moore told a different story. Through tears she said, “So I said, ‘Baby, backtrack your steps, because you lost it before and found it.’ ‘So it’s probably right outside or where you went in your pocket, it probably fell out.’ So she did. She left, she backtracked her steps. That was the last time I saw her.”
In a tearful interview during the search, the mother said that she hadn’t eaten or slept since she reported her daughter missing and that she was positive that the young girl was abducted.
Volunteers who helped in the search are now flabbergasted at the turn of events. “We feel like we was shafted, bamboozled, misled,” said Tony Olajuwon, a volunteer who helped with the search.
Since the 40-year-old’s arrest, more allegations of abuse have come to light. According to Jashyah, her mother forced her to be the primary caretaker for her younger brother. This included getting up in the middle of the night when he cried and cooking for them both or they wouldn’t eat.
Police reports state that the mother is also being looked at for educational neglect because she wouldn’t let her daughter attend virtual classes for the 2020/2021 school year and then failed to enroll her in the 2021/2022 year.
Jashyah Moore said that she wanted to go to school, but that her mother refused and that sometimes a trip to the store for her brother became more important then the young girl’s education.
The daughter also alleges that her mother made her panhandle on the streets and that she would receive punishments if she didn’t return with the right amount of money. Police reports have backed up these statements and a local business owner said that they saw Jashyah by herself all the time.
Grace Olyfveldt, the owner of a local salon, knew something wasn’t right with the young girl. She said, “She had on the same clothes every day…she was always by herself, never saw her with any friends…never accompanied by an adult.”