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Glassboro Man Receives 3 Years in Prison for Failing to Feed Infant

April 20 press release

 

Though his lawyer argued he was not the main caregiver and he was needed by his wheelchair-bound mother, Peter Morselander (DOB 2/14/85) of  Glassboro, NJ was sentenced today  (4/20) to three years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to endangering his 15 month-old son by failing to adequately feed him.

 

Imprisonment for a second-degree child endangerment “is nearly impossible to overcome” by any mitigating factors such as hardship or lack of a prior record, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz told Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson. The defense requested probation; Scheetz asked for five years in prison.

 

Though employment records show Morselander worked outside his former Monroe Township NJ home and his son’s mother, Leah Bozarth  (DOB 4/7/89), of Pittsgrove NJ was responsible for the 15 month-old infant’s care most of the time, Morselander lived in the home and “had an obligation under the law to care for his own child,”  Scheetz said.  She said the boy weighed just 15 pounds at 15 months and had serious medical and mental harm when an anonymous call about his condition resulted in a state child-care agency and criminal investigation.  He is now living with Bozarth’s parents. Moreslander is seeking to regain custody.

 

Bozarth also pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to four years in state prison on June 17, 2011. Judge Allen-Jackson said she was sentencing Morselander to one less year because of hardship involving the care of his mother.  


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