A request by a Hubert mother accused of starving her children to be released from pretrial confinement was denied
Monday in district court.
Janet Lynn Anderson, 28, is in the Onslow County Jail on multiple charges of child abuse. She is accused, along with her husband, of withholding food from their five children, among other abusive acts.
N.C. District Court Judge Sarah Seaton denied a request Monday by Janet Anderson’s attorney to release her until the trial because she had a job opportunity
The couple, of West Volant Street in Hubert, are accused of physically abusing their five children, starving them, duct-taping one of their mouths and locking the children in their rooms
The children range in age from 6 years to 18 months. Four of the children belong to Janet Anderson, and the youngest child is Larry Anderson’s from a previous relationship.
Janet Anderson is separated from her husband, a former Marine lance corporal who served two tours in Iraq. Dunne said her client chose the wrong mate in Larry Anderson, who she said suffers from depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
The Andersons met in March 2010, began a relationship in April and were married in November of that year, according to statements made in court.
“When he returned home from Iraq, the home life deteriorated,” Dunne said. “Larry was never physically abusive to Janet, but was emotionally so.”
Dunne said one of the children is being cared for by Janet Anderson’s parents, another has been taken by the biological father and another child, who is traumatized, is being cared for by foster parents who specialize in such situations. The whereabouts of the other two children was not immediately clear.
Dunne said her client planned to stay with friends aboard Camp Lejeune and had a good chance of landing a job at a local restaurant.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Mike Maultsby told the court that “living with friends and might have a job” are not ties to the community. He said the charges against Janet Anderson were serious and she should not be released prior to trial.
Although the judge denied Janet Anderson’s entry into the pretrial release program, in which a defendant does not have to provide bail, Seaton did lower Janet Anderson’s bond from $346,000 to $150,000.