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Couple Charged After Child Abuse Investigation

June 6, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 42 year old Dante Norton and 37 year old Andria Norton, both residents of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On May 26, 2021, Dante Norton and Andria Norton were each charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree; and one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. * The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit involving the abuse of a juvenile victim. Dante Norton and Andria Norton were processed on the above listed charges and were lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center.

On June 3, 2021, after additional investigation by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, both Dante Norton and Andria Norton were each charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; two counts of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; two counts of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree; and two counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. * These charges were a result of two additional juvenile victims. Dante Norton and Andria Norton are currently lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises persons convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Persons convicted of a third degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises this is an on-going investigation. Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-889-3597.

*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he/she is proven guilty.