(ALLOWAY, N.J.) — A New Jersey mom was high on drugs in her car and left her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in a car seat, where she fatally injured herself, prosecutors said.
Deanna Joseph called 911 on Saturday night to report her child was unresponsive, NJ.comreported.
The child was found dead in a car parked in the driveway of Joseph’s home with the engine running, Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan said. It appears the child injured herself in the car seat, he said.
The medical examiner’s will determine the exact cause of death.
Joseph was charged with second-degree child endangerment. She did not enter a plea Monday during her initial court appearance, where a judge ordered that she remain in custody until a detention hearing is held Thursday. A message left Monday night for her attorney, Joseph Neal, was not immediately returned.
Joseph, who was in the vehicle with her daughter, had left the car parked but running, he said. It was a cool night, he said, but Joseph had the heater on.
This is Joseph’s third arrest in nine years on charges related to neglect of a child, according to court records.
Most recently, Joseph was convicted in 2014 of cruelty and neglect of a child after authorities reportedly found her unconscious while her son, then an infant, bathed in several inches of water in a South Amboy apartment. She was sentenced to a year in jail and was released a year ago this month, records show.
Police told Mycentraljersey.com in 2014 that Joseph was found unresponsive next to spoons and glassine envelopes containing heroin residue, along with a couple of rocks of crack cocaine.
Joseph was also convicted of cruelty and neglect of a child in 2008 in Superior Court in Burlington County and sentenced to five years probation.
According to a Burlington County Times report at that time, Evesham police arrested her after determining that she left her children, 11 and 2, alone at home. Police made the discovery after they found Joseph under the influence of drugs in a parking lot and took her to a hospital.
After the 2008 arrest, the two children were taken into state custody at least temporarily, according to the Burlington County Times.
Court records show she has also been convicted, over 20 years, on charges from seven separate arrests, including possession of heroin and cocaine and resisting arrest or eluding after being instructed to stop.
If convicted of the second-degree offense, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
It was not clear Sunday whether Joseph was being monitored by the state Department of Children and Families’ Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
So she’s talking shit about how GOOD she has it, but she’s a child killer.
And these are the BEFORE PHOTOS of the bitch
I guarantee you she’s been doing this for a while. All these cute photos but your Mugshot shows who you really are.