A Parsippany NJ, Man who called a 911 dispatcher in March and said he would kill his wife and three children spent the past two months in a psychiatric hospital. He was released Friday from the Morris County jail.
Law enforcement, including members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, responded on March 22 to the Travelodge on Route 46 after a man identified as Jamel Taylor, now 34, allegedly told a 911 dispatcher around 8:30 a.m. that he would kill his wife and children.
One child’s age was not immediately available but the other two children were 3 and 2 years of age. The dispatcher also was advised by Taylor’s wife that her husband had a knife and was filling the bathtub to drown one of their children, according to court records.
SERT was able to enter the motel unit and take Taylor into custody. He was charged with endangering the welfare of children and for most of the past two months he was treated at Trenton State Psychiatric Hospital before his recent release to the Morris County jail.
During a hearing Friday conducted via a video link between the jail and Superior Court, Taylor told the judge he was suffering from major depression for which he now is taking medication and got intensive treatment at Trenton State. He said that he called 911 on March 22 so that he wouldn’t harm his family.
“I called 911 myself,” Taylor told Deming. “I got the help I needed.”
Taylor had been assessed under the state’s new criminal justice reform guidelines and the recommendation was made for him to be released pre-trial on Friday from the jail under certain monitoring conditions. Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Kristina Cretella asked that Taylor be required to report to pretrial services twice a month, have no contact with his wife and children, and undergo a mental health evaluation.
Defense lawyer Sean O’Connor argued against the provision for no contact between Taylor and his family, saying that the spouse wants contact with her husband and never sought a restraining order. Cretella said the state is concerned for the safety of the victims and wanted the no contact order, at least for now.
The judge initially said that contact between Taylor and his family could occur after a positive mental health evaluation. At O’Connor’s suggestion, the judge agreed that the final evaluation of Taylor from Trenton State Psychiatric Hospital before his discharge would suffice as a substitute for a new mental health evaluation.
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