NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Authorities are searching the Edgeboro landfill for the dead body of a discarded infant.
Prior to initiating an intensive search of the landfill in East Brunswick off Old Bridge Turnpike, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced that two people have been charged with the improper disposal of an infant.
Jaciel Torres-Lopez, 34, and Mercedes Sanchez-Torres, 30, both of New Brunswick, have been charged with hindering an investigation into the death of their newborn and desecration of human remains.
Bail was set at $100,000 for each of the defendants. They were charged on May 19.
Torres-Lopez was served at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center, where he has been held since his arrest on May 17 after being charged with hindering for lying to police during the investigation.
Sanchez-Torres was charged on May 19 at St. Peter’s University Hospital, where she was admitted after giving birth to the male infant.
The defendants were charged during an investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
During the investigation, it was determined that the woman gave birth to the child, but his whereabouts were unknown. Police authorized an excavation of a sewer line at the couple’s home on Remsen Avenue on May 17 and the began a search of the Edgeboro Disposal Inc. landfill in East Brunswick on May 18.
As many as 30 law enforcement officers have been searching the landfill for the infant’s remains, which have yet to be recovered. The search and the investigation are continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lemmerling of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200, or Detective Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.