FREEHOLD, NJ — Jada M. McClain, the 18-year-old Neptune resident accused of murdering her newborn baby, will remain in jail until her trial, following a detention hearing on April 17 before Judge James J. McGann.
Quaimere Mohammed, 19, of Asbury Park, charged with disposing of the infant believed to be his son in a garbage dumpster, will also remain in jail until his trial after he appeared before McCann on April 12.
Both are being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold.
McClain told police that she suffocated the baby shortly after giving birth on March 29 and then with the help of Mohammed disposed of the body in a dumpster at an Asbury Park apartment complex, according to authorities. The body has not been found.
The information is included in an affidavit released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office that led to the April 5 arrest of McClain and Mohammed. The Neptune High School senior is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree disturbing or desecrating human remains. Mohammed — identified by McClain as the baby’s father in the affidavit — is charged with second-degree disturbing or desecrating human remains.
After law enforcement on April 4 received information from a friend of McClain’s on the possible death of the infant, authorities brought in McClain for questioning and at that time she agreed to waive her Miranda rights and to be interviewed.
In the resulting affidavit, McClain, who hid her pregnancy from her parents, said she gave birth to a boy on March 29 at about 4 a.m. in the bathroom of her Neptune home. After the delivery, she took the baby into her bedroom, where she pressed her hands on the baby's chest to intentionally stop him from breathing.
The affidavit continues that at about 6 a.m. she called Mohammed to inform him she delivered the baby. After wrapping the baby’s body in a blanket and placing it in a bag, she put the bag on the back seat of her Volkswagen Jetta and picked up Mohammed. They eventually made their way to the parking lot of the Washington Village Apartments in Asbury Park, where Mohammed discarded the bag with the baby in a trash dumpster.
A video surveillance recording from the apartment complex on March 29 showed McClain’s vehicle arriving in the complex at approximately 9:30 a.m., and shortly thereafter Mohammed was seen getting out of the car and discarding what appeared to be a trash bag into the dumpster, the affidavit continued.
An investigation is still active and anyone with information is asked to call Prosecutor's Office Detective Wayne Raynor at 800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Detective Nick Taylor at 732 988-8000, ext. 410.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
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