10 Yr-Old, 32 lb. Kansas City Girl Kept In Closet For Years, Mother On Facebook?
A truly horrific crime is being reported out of Kansas City, MO. The mother, Jacole Prince appears to have kept one of her children in a closet for years. The child was urine soaked and told police she often went for days without food. The child was seen professionally at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2006 and weighed 26 lbs, meaning she only added 6 lbs during what would normally be 6 years of significant growth. Below, a video news report from KSHB out of Kansas City.
There's also another report here which identifies the mother as a Jacole Prince. The image at right is taken from that news report, as is the second, extended excerpt further below.
A "Jacole Prince" who lists her location as Kansas City is on Facebook. It's unclear if it's the same individual. That Facebook account previously posted an image on July 4, 2010 of, presumably, herself holding a child with this comment: "Can u vote for my baby at Great American Photo Contest." There doesn't appear to have been any real activity after that.
The image from the Facebook account below.
Reports do indicate she has two other children she at least appears to treat differently. This via KSBH:
Jacole N. Prince, 29, faces one charge of assault in the first degree for failing to provide proper nutrition for the child, who is referred to as “LP.” This is a Class A felony.
She faces one charge of abuse of a child, a Class C felony, for confining “LP” to a closet.
Finally, (she) faces one charge of endangering the welfare of a child, for not seeking proper medical attention.
Missouri Department of Family Services received a tip on their hotline about a girl living in a closet. When DFS and Kansas City Police arrived at the home Friday morning, they found the girl severely malnourished and living in her own feces. Prosecutors say she weighed 34 pounds and was wearing 2T size clothing.
"Give or take a few (pounds) she weighs about a third of what a 10-year-old should weigh," said KCMOPD Captain Steve Young.
Also, here's the extended entry cited above via the Kansas City Star at Kansas City dot com. KSHB's video report is below that.
On Saturday, she was charged with assault, abuse of a child and endangering a child’s welfare.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker described the child’s living conditions as “completely atrocious.”
“All indicators are she spent a substantial amount of time in that room,” Baker said at a news conference.
The girl — identified only as “LP” — explained to police her appalling living conditions. According to court records, she had no room and no bed and was rarely allowed to leave the closet. And she regularly went for days without food.
She fit into a 2T shirt suited for a toddler. Her pants, a 4T, sagged on LP’s tiny frame.
Children’s Mercy Hospital officials told authorities that LP had been treated there in 2006 and weighed 26 pounds. She had gained only six pounds in the six years since that visit, court records showed.
Longtime neighbors said they had never even seen the child.
LP told officers the day she was freed from the closet that she wasn’t allowed to go out to breakfast with her mother that morning because “she messes herself.” LP told them that when she pees in her pants, her mother strikes her in the back really hard.
The little girl also told detectives that she had not left the closet for two days and does not eat every day. The child said she had not eaten Friday.
In court records, Prince acknowledged that she didn’t allow her daughter to leave the house because she was embarrassed of the girl’s appearance. She admitted that LP was so malnourished that she would probably be in trouble if someone saw her in that condition.
LP remains hospitalized.
The mother’s boyfriend, who has denied knowing that the child was confined to the closet, hasn’t been charged in the case. However, Baker did not rule out further charges because the investigation is ongoing and it is too early to say if the abuse occurred for months or years.