PATERSON - The woman who made her young daughter take part in an initiation religious ritual in Paterson has pleaded guilty to child neglect and cruelty charges.

Officials say a chicken was sacrificed and its heart fed to the 7-year-old girl. The practice is reportedly part of a religion that originated in central Africa.

The girl told a teacher she was having nightmares, sparking the investigation.

The mother faces up to five years probation.