NJ parents charged with child endangerment after holding bat mitzvah, ignoring coronavirus warnings

 

A husband and wife in New Jersey are facing multiple charges of child endangerment after throwing a bat mitzvah party in their home after the state banned gatherings of more than a few people due to fears of the coronavirus.

NBC Philadelphia reported that 40-50 people were asked to leave the home of Eliezer Silber, 37, and Miriam Silber, 34, in Lakewood, N.J., after police were called to the scene. The couple was charged with five counts of endangering minors, one count for each of their five children, while Eliezer Silber also faces one charge of disobeying Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) order to prevent large gatherings.

“My Office will prosecute any individual who defies or breaks the law, State of Emergency or otherwise. Everyone must respect and follow the law,” a prosecutor for Ocean County told NBC.

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Police told NBC Philadelphia that they have responded to nearly three dozen breaches of Murphy's order resulting in indictments since it was implemented 10 days ago.

Over the weekend, Murphy tweeted that so-called "corona parties," where people are deliberately exposed to those infected with the disease, were "illegal, dangerous, and stupid" after police broke up a gathering in Ewing, N.J., according to NBC.

"Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid," Murphy wrote. "We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads."

More than 16,600 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in New Jersey, according to state health officials. The number of deaths in the state from the disease sits at 198.