Mother Charged in 8-Year-Old Girl's Death

Mother arrested after being questioned.

Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:32 PM EDT
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A 30-year-old Irvington, N.J., woman has been charged in the death of her 8-year-old daughter, prosecutors announced Monday.

Police were called to 706 Chancellor Ave. Sunday afternoon, and when they arrived, found the child not breathing.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy performed Monday determined the girl was severely malnourished and died from an untreated fracture of her femur, according to the Essex County prosecutor's office.

The girl's mother, Venette Ovilde, was charged Monday with aggravated manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Myriam Janvier, 23, who prosecutors say was Ovilde's friend and roommate, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

It was not immediately clear whether they had lawyers.

Ovilde's two other children, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were at home when police responded Sunday, and have been placed in the custody of the Division of Youth and Family Services.

Bail has been set for Ovilde at $500,000. Janvier's bail has been set at $100,00.

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