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article imageSouth Jersey father sentenced for underfeeding infant son

By Eric Morales     Apr 24, 2012 in Crime
Monroeville - Glassboro resident receives three years after pleading guilty to second degree child endangerment, the man's 15 months old son only weighed 15 pounds.
Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson imposed a three year sentence on Peter Morselander according to the sentence comes after an anonymous call to New Jersey's Division of Youth and Family Services sent state investigators to a Monroe Township home where they found an infant child severely underweight.
According to the Daily Journal police and state investigators discovered the son of Morselander and 22 year old Leah Bozarth underweight in a home littered with empty pizza boxes, fast food containers and cigarette cartons. According to the mother's mugshot, Ms. Bozarth herself is 5 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds. Investigators stated they found the infant boy weighing only 15 pounds and suffering from "serious medical and developmental harm" according to a press release by Prosecutor Staci Sheetz from last year.
Sheetz asked Judge Allen-Jackson to impose a harsher sentence on Bozarth according to the Daily Journal but due to her willingness to work with the Division of Youth and Family Service as well as having no prior record Leah Bozarth received a 4 year sentence along third degree child endangerment guidelines according to Sheetz and is scheduled to be released in 2014.
For his part Morselander plead guilty to child endangerment, however he didn't receive the maximum 5 year sentence. According to the Prosecutor's Office of Gloucester County Judge Allen-Jackson took one year off of Peter Morselander's sentence due to "hardship involving the care of his mother." Morselander's defense attorney had argued that he was not the main caregiver and he had to care for his wheelchair bound mother according to prosecutors. Morselander's defense attorney had sought probation.
The child is currently living with his maternal grandparents according to the Daily Journal.
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