EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Police records show that an East Brunswick woman was arrested on July 13, on second-degree child endangerment charges.
It's not immediately clear what Nancy M. Mokrzycki, age 50, did that led police to believe she had abused and neglected a child whom she had a legal duty for the care for.
The state's Department of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) has apparently been involved in the situation, but details are sparse in the complaint obtained by New Brunswick Today.
There were other charges filed against Mokrzycki, charges that were not revealed by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) in their response to an Open Public Records Act request.
The complaint, signed by MCPO agent Mark Morris on July 14, is vague and only mentions one charge of child endangement. Probable cause for that charge was found on July 17 by East Brunswick Judge Paul Endler.
But according to the court system, she is also facing another second-degree endangerment charge, as well as charges of possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possessing drug paraphernalia, both of which are disorderly persons offenses.
The identity of the child, or their relation to Mokrzycki has not been made public. The child's initials were redacted from the complaint provided to New Brunswick Today.
Mokrzycki, according to the complaint made against her, caused harm to the child which would be considered abuse or neglect in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4A(2).
The prosecutor's office attempted to keep Mokrzycki behind bars while she awaited trial, but Judge Alberto Rivas ruled against their motion for pretrial detention on July 18 and instead released on "Level II" pretrial monitoring.
In addition to the usual rules, Rivas also set the following conditions on Mokrzycki's release:
- Defendant must submit to random urine monitoring at the discretion of pretrial services
- Defendant must follow all investigations and recommendations by DCP&P
- Defendant may not have contact with children unless allowed by DCP&P
Mokrzycki's next hearing will be for her pre-indictment conference with Judge Michael Toto on August 31 at 9 a.m. at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.