A teenage woman was charged as a juvenile in connection with the death of an infant baby found in a trash bin in Kearny, NJ.
One month after Real Garden State shined light on the story of a one-day-old baby found in a trash bin in Kearny, NJ, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) has charged a teenage woman with Aggravated Manslaughter, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Desecrating Human Remains.
“Homicide Unit arrested and charged a female teenager in connection with the death of a newborn baby boy that was found deceased on October 24, 2020 on Forest Street in Kearny,” HCPO spokesperson Jennifer Morrill stated in a press release.
The press release stated the manner of death was ruled a homicide by the state Regional Medical Examiner. The defendant, who was 17 years old at the time, is being charged as a juvenile and the case will be handled in Family Court.
Although it wasn’t stated in the press release, based on information obtained by Real Garden State, the teenage woman that’s been charged is the mother of the deceased baby and is no longer a juvenile. The infant was named Matthew by his family.
Notably, the HCPO press release stated that the deceased baby boy was found on October 24, 2020. Previous reporting by The Jersey Journal and The Observer, which cited the HCPO, stated that the baby was found deceased on October 25, 2020.
Real Garden State’s report noted that the burial site originally had a lawn sign indicating Baby Matthew died on October 25, 2020; however, the lawn sign was replaced by a gravestone indicating the baby died on October 24, 2020.