N.J. Woman Accused Of Starving Daughter To Death Pleads Not Guilty

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mother accused of starving an 8-year-old girl to death remains held on $500,000 bail.

Venette Ovilde of Irvington pleaded not guilty through her attorney to aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment charges on Wednesday.

Her 23-year-old roommate, Myriam Janvier, also pleaded not guilty to child endangerment.

Christiana Glenn died May 22 of an untreated broken leg and malnutrition. Authorities say Ovilde’s two other children were removed from the home and remain hospitalized for treatment of malnutrition and other injuries.

What punishment would be appropriate if Ovilde is convicted? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • jerseyCity

    If we treated them the same way they treated the Children, Whats makes us any better than them? You cant have a double standard, either what they did was wrong or right. So if it was wrong and you choose to do what they did what makes you any better than them?

  • Bob

    She will get extra leniency because she’s a Haitian.

  • Bob

    She’s a Haitian immigrant. She gets special leniency

  • Carmen

    It’s difficult to believe that a human being could possibly exhibit such cruelty against another human being, and one’s own child no less. We are seeing this type of crime over and over again. Parent against child, child against parent, youth against youth. When are we going to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and do something to stop these haneous crimes! Clearly this is a person who is either suffering from an addiction problem or from mental illness, perhaps both. I would like to see us focus on the root of the problem, educate the public on the causes, and then plan a rehabilitation program that includes community service, and jail term, to serve as a deterrant?

  • Bob Fowler

    We would save a lot of money if we cared for these 2 women with the same degree of care that they provided. They should receive all of the same treatment that they bestowed upon 3 children…no food, medical care. love…

    Hold them over for trial for 2 months, as the dockets are full, and vacations add to the delays, and don’t feed them or provide medical treatment until the court so orders. That hearing should be set for August.

    • Marlena

      I agree, an eye for an eye. We are too easy on people when it comes to animals + children ! They should be given the same treatment as they dish out ! Changed out in the cold or straved, no water etc. People would think twice
      before they act as they do. There is NO rehabilitation for these people !!!
      probation? Fines ? a little jail time ? Hah ! Not enough !! We need to crack down !!

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