The mother of a missing 14-year-old who was found safe in New York City on Thursday has been charged with two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, authorities in New Jersey said on Friday.
The charges against Jamie Moore, 39, include allegations of physical abuse and neglect, according to the release from the Essex County prosecutor’s office.
The 14-year-old and Moore’s 3-year-old son have been taken from Moore’s custody, the release said.
The teen left the home around 7:30am on the day she disappeared to pick up some groceries for her mother, and somehow lost the EBT card that she had used. Her mother had reportedly told her to retrace her steps in hopes of finding the card.
Jamie previously told the station that she waited an hour for her daughter to come home. When she didn’t return, Jamie went out looking for her. She finally flagged down a police cruiser and asked for help.
On Wednesday, a reward of $20,000 was offered for information about the girl. Jamie said during a press conference on Tuesday that she believed her daughter was taken against her will.
“She was abducted,” Jamie said. “I don’t know who did it, but we’re looking for you.”
Over the weekend, teams from multiple municipalities used sonar technology at a pond in a park to look for the teen.
While the cases of missing White women have been given more focus and urgency, people of color are disappearing at disproportionate rates.
Officials emphasized the wide publicity the case received in the media led to finding the girl.