PARAMUS, N.J. — A 21-year-old borough man faces charges of reckless manslaughter after an 18-year-old woman was found dead in the basement of a Paramus home this past weekend.
On Saturday, November 30, the Paramus Police Department informed the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that a woman died of an apparent gunshot wound inside a single-family home on Pleasant Avenue.
An investigation revealed that the woman, identified as 18-year-old Faith Youngling, died from a gunshot wound in the home’s basement.
According to a news release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the injuries were self-inflicted per the results of an autopsy. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paramus Police Department determined that Kenneth F. Pinte, 21, "recklessly provided” the woman with the shotgun, which he purchased illegally, that caused her death.
Pinte was arrested on December 1 and charged with one count of reckless manslaughter; one count of hindering apprehension; and one count of unlawful purchase of a firearm.
Pinte was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a court appearance at Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.