Abuse case in New Jersey: 3 arrests after a girl with a shock collar went to a New Jersey home to seek help

STRATFORD, NJ – Three women have been arrested and charged after a horrific case of child abuse was uncovered in Camden County, New Jersey.

According to authorities, a 13-year-old girl was forced to wear a shock collar around her neck meant for a dog.

Neighbor Karen Villec said it was Tuesday afternoon, March 1, when she heard her doorbell ringing repeatedly.

“I open the door and she hands me this dog collar. And I say, ‘Is your dog loose?’ She said: “No, they shocked me! You shocked me!” And she straightened her neck and I saw the two marks from the dog collar,” Villec said, adding that the collar vibrated in her hand.

Villec says she took the girl to her home on the 100 block of Harvard Avenue in Stratford.

She tried to comfort the 13-year-old while her husband called 911.

“I was horrified,” said Villec. “My husband and I couldn’t sleep for days. Do you know what can we do for this poor little girl?”

Police say the girl was taken to Jefferson Hospital in Stratford for treatment and the Child Protection and Durability Unit removed her from the home.

The next day, authorities arrested Kelly, Rebecca and Rachel Mennig and charged them with aggravated assault, child abuse and neglect.

The three allegedly forced the girl to wear the shock collar and deprived her of the necessary amount of food and clothing.

While the three women denied the abuse when questioned by detectives, police said another resident of the Mennig home told them the dog collar was forced on the girl as punishment when she was “naughty.”

Villec says she suspected the house would be an uncomfortable environment but never imagined it.

“You can always hear shouting and arguments through the windows in winter,” said Villec.

The three suspects are still being held at a Camden County Correctional Facility.

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