June 25, 2012

Jacole Princes - Jailed After Nearly Starving Child To Death, Forcing Girl To Live In Urine Soaked Utility Closet

Kansas City, Mo. (The Weekly Vice) - Jacole Prince, a 29-year-old Missouri woman was jailed Friday after she allegedly starved her daughter nearly to death - forcing her to live in a urine and feces soaked closet.

According to police, officers were dispatched to Prince's apartment complex after receiving a report that a little girl was being forced to live in a closet.

When officers arrived at the residence, two neighbors informed them that Prince left her apartment a short time earlier with her "two daughters." The two neighbors did not realize that Prince had three daughters, because they had never seen her eldest 10-year-old daughter.

After performing a forced entry into the apartment, officers followed a strong odor of urine and feces to a small utility closet that was barely large enough to hold the hot water heater inside.

The closet door had been tied shut, and a portable baby crib had been pushed against the door to keep it closed.

When officers asked if anyone was inside the closet, the little girl locked inside answered "yes."

Investigators say police discovered a 10-year-old girl inside who was standing in a puddle of her own feces and urine. The girl was severely malnourished, weighting just 32 pounds.

The victim told detectives that she had never played in the outside world and was forced to urinate inside the closet because she was rarely let out to use the restroom.

She told investigators that she was rarely allowed to eat meals, and that she was routinely beaten by her mother if she urinated in her pants.

Detectives are not sure how long the victim had been confined to the closet, but neighbors did not know about the girl during the five-year period they had been acquainted with Prince. Neighbors told detectives that they interacted with Prince on a regular basis, however they were never allowed into her apartment.

Prince has two additional daughters that are 3 and 8 years old. She admitted to detectives that she locked her daughter in the closet because she was embarrassed over how the child looked and was afraid that child protective services would be called.

The victim was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital for treatment in what will be a very long recovery process, according to experts.

Hospital records revealed that the little girl weighed 26 pounds when she visited the hospital in January, 2006. She had gained just 6 pounds during the past 6 years of her life, according to an arrest affidavit.

School officials say the child was enrolled in kindergarten between 2006 and 2007 - but that they have no record of the child since then.

Prince was booked into the Jackson County Jail and charged with felony counts of assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Prince's bond has been set at $200,000.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

Join The Discussion. Click Comment Link Below And Fire Away
Ready For More Seriously Messed Up News? Join Us On Facebook!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...