A house of horrors now looks even creepier.
Photos show an abandoned children’s asylum that was allegedly burned to the ground by a woman scorned by her ex-boyfriend.
The suspect, Evelyn V. Alvino, 20, from Pinellas Park, Florida, was arrested in New Jersey nearly 18 months after the blaze, authorities told The Post.
A lengthy investigation into the May 2020 blaze at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center, led Monmouth County investigators to charge her with arson, burglary, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief.
Officials claim she torched the building as she mourned a relationship with a boyfriend, causing more than $3.5 million in damages.
The Post has obtained photos of the eerie structure before it had been nearly burned to the ground. The building had been abandoned for the past 15 years before the fire. It was closed in 2005 due to continuous complaints about the conditions.
The mansion was initially built in the early 1900s for Arthur Brisbane, a well-known newspaper editor. Brisbane was also a wealthy real estate investor whose work mainly took place in New York. It was later purchased by James P. Allaire’s Howell Iron Works Company, according to Abandoned NJ, which covers abandoned structures in the state.
After Allaire’s death, it was his wish to preserve the land and the structure was donated to the State of New Jersey, which agreed at the time that the land would be used for historic preservation. But the state did not keep that promise.
The 1,200-acre grounds became the Allaire State Park while the Brisbane mansion became the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center.
Though initially proposed to be a home for veterans recovering from illness, the state requested that the property become a psychiatric center for children. By 1947, the property officially opened as a state-run facility for the treatment and observation of children with mental illness.
The hospital first served children from the ages of 5 to 12. This changed in the late 1980s when the hospital increased their scope of care to children 11 to 17 years old.
At this time, Brisbane was housing severely mentally ill children as well as children who needed mental health services that were previously served in juvenile detention centers.
Brisbane soon developed a reputation, and because of how the building was laid out, this left some patients unsupervised. In 1998, this led to the death of 17-year-old Kelly Young, when an employee attempted to subdue Young from a mental breakdown by holding her down until she was motionless. She was placed on life support and pronounced dead the following day.
Firefighters from more than 11 firehouses in Wall Township were needed to put out the blaze, which they feared would spread to a nearby wooded area and park, according to the affidavit.
Investigators were led to Alvino after discovering several photos of her on social media trespassing and spraying graffiti on the former psychiatric hospital for children, before allegedly using an accelerator to start the fire.
Officials were forced to demolish the historical structure after the damage.
According to the detectives on the case, this wasn’t the first time the building had been burglarized before the fire.