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3 women charged after forcing 13-year-old to wear animal shock collar and depriving her of food

Kelly Mennig (left) Rachel Mennig (top right) Rebecca Mennig (bottom right)

Jeff Goldman


Three New Jersey woman regularly made a girl wear a shock collar meant for a dog and deprived her of proper food and clothing for more than three years, authorities said.

Stratford residents Kelly Mennig, Rachel Mennig and Rebecca Mennig are charged with aggravated assault, child abuse and neglect of the now 13-year-old girl, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

A neighbor on Harvard Avenue saw the girl wearing the shock collar on March 1 and notified police. The girl had markings on her neck when investigator spoke with her at a local hospital, where she was taken to be treated, charging documents state.

She told detectives that the Mennigs started putting the collar on her when she was “bad” beginning in October 2018, the affidavit says. A person who lives with the Mennigs corroborated the girl’s account of the abuse, prosecutors said.

Kelly Mennig is 42. Rachel Mennig is 20. An age for Rebecca Mennig was not provided in court papers. All three are scheduled to make a first appearance in court at 9 a.m. Friday, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said.

Attorneys for the women are not listed in court records.

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