EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A shocking discovery at a New Jersey storage center has a local mother facing charges.
Police made the disturbing find on Thursday. Two boys, ages 10 and 5, were found living in a storage locker, police said.
The boys were discovered after their mother was arrested in Trenton for allegedly slashing her boyfriend’s tires, police said.
Sheena Johnson allegedly told police her kids were staying at the Extra Space Storage in Ewing, according to the Times Of Trenton.
When police went to the lockers, they found the boys living in a filthy, narrow and unheated space.
“It was not locked, children were not locked inside. Once they found the two juvenile males, they were a little bit dirty, but did not appear to be injured,” Det. Sgt. John Stemler told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.
“I didn’t see them eat, I only saw a police officer walking in with McDonald’s and they were Happy Meals,” said Flo Auletta, who works across the street from the storage facility.
The children were then put in protective custody, where they still stay at least until Johnson’s first court appearance. They were evaluated at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and were found to be unharmed, CBS 2 reported.
Police told CBS 2 they believe the boys had been living in the unit for more than a month.
Johnson, 27, was charged with two counts of second-degree child endangerment and violating a restraining order taken out by her ex-boyfriend. Bail was not immediately set.
The storage facility had no comment.
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