The Union County Prosecutor says a Garwood mother, Ermina Errico, who controlled her daughter’s life, forcing her to wear trash bags as clothing, pled guilty in Union County Superior Court this week.
Errico pled guilty to one count of 3rd degree neglect in the January 2007 death of her daughter.
Police say it was back on January 29, 2007 when police responded to a 911 call made from the Errico’s house. Upon their arrival, the officers were unable to use the front door of the home because it was blocked by bags of trash. Inside, they found the body of 25-year-old Emily Errico in a bedroom off the kitchen.
Emily Errico was in full rigor mortis and was wearing just a plastic trash bag fashioned into a halter-top and a pair of sweatpants when officers found her, according to investigators. The medical examiner’s autopsy later revealed that Emily Errico died from a combination of anorexia, nervosa and malnutrition, according to the investigation. She was 5’7 and weighed just 97 pounds.
Officials say on Monday in court, Ermina Errico admitted that she was her daughter’s primary caretaker and was responsible for the care of the house and in control of the family’s food intake. Earlier this year, Emily Errico’s father, Edward, pled guilty to 3rd Degree Neglect in the case and was sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Under terms of the plea with Prosecutors Ermina Errico will be placed on probation and will be ordered to undergo psychological treatment as a condition of probation. She is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18 before Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.