Sherry L. Murphy, a 41-year-old go-go dancer, and alleged crack addict, is being sought by police in connection with what is euphemistically referred to as â€œchild endangerment.â€ A visitor to Ms. Murphyâ€™s residence in Newark, NJ found a 7-year-old boy and his 4-year-old brother concealed in a filthy basement, hiding under a bed, and â€œreeking of urine, feces and vomit.â€ The children were â€œmalnourished and dehydrated, and their hair was covered with lice.â€ The following day, the 7 year old reported that his twin brother was missing. The police returned to Ms. Murphyâ€™s house and found the missing boyâ€™s body stuffed into a plastic container in a basement closet. An autopsy showed that the boy had died from starvation and blunt force trauma to the stomach.
Ms. Murphy, who was not present during either police search, was supposed to be caring for the three children while their mother (Ms. Murphyâ€™s cousin) was serving time in prison for assault charges.
What makes this horrible story even worse is that the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services apparently had received reports of child neglect by the childrenâ€™s mother, but did not investigate the matter. The Governor promises an â€œinvestigation.â€
Authorities believe that Ms. Murphy may have fled New Jersey. If you happen to see this mutant, do your best to restrain yourself and just call the police.