2 arrested on child abuse charges after mother locks kids away in bedroom


LEE COUNTY, Ala. – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals on charges of child abuse.

22-year-old Jasmine Clark and 25-year-old Brittney Menefield both of Opelika were arrested Thursday morning. Clark will be charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Menefield was arrested on two counts of aggravated child abuse for her involvement in this case.

The sheriff’s office says on the night of October 28, 2016, around midnight, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from citizens living in the area of the 300 block of Lee Road 114 Opelika, AL.

They reported that two unknown 5-year-old boys had woken them up knocking on their front door. According to the callers, the two boys were wearing dirty clothing, begging for food, and appeared to be unsupervised. Deputies responded to the area and located a trailer in the mobile home park where they possibly lived but the front door was standing wide open and no adults were inside the home.

It was later determined that this was the home of the two boys and that they had been left at home but locked inside of a bedroom by their mother Jasmine Clark while she had gone to a night club in Atlanta. The boys had managed to escape from the room and seek assistance. The two boys were transported to East Alabama Medical Center for a medical assessment when it was further determined that they had multiple bruises, cuts and scratches all over their bodies in various stages of healing.

Jasmine Clark and Brittney Menefield were involved in a dating relationship at the time of this incident and were known to periodically cohabitate in the trailer where the boys had been left alone. The investigation revealed that the two 5-year-olds had been abused on numerous occasions by their mother and her girlfriend.

Further investigation revealed that the only furniture in the trailer was in the bedroom of Clark and Menefield, to include a bed. It was also determined that the children were made to sleep on the floor in an unfurnished bedroom with no blankets or covers of any kind.

Clark and Menefield are currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility. Clark has a $102,000.00 bond and Menefield has a $100,000.00 bond

If you have any information regarding this case or any other cases please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 1-334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

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