NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A 27-year-old father has been charged with attempted murder and child endangerment after surveillance video showed him carrying his two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag in the hallway of a hotel where he was living, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The child was transported to a nearby trauma hospital for emergency treatment in critical condition. The child is stable and expected to survive, according to Robertson.
Lamar S. Waller, described by police as a transient and whose address was given as Route 22, North Plainfield, was taken into custody and charged immediately following the Jan. 23 family dispute at the hotel.
Robertson provided the following account:
Police received a 911 call at 12:38 p.m, and responded to the hotel where they found the suspect holding his biological daughter; she was unresponsive but had a pulse. Mucus was running out of her nose and mouth. Responding medical personnel tended to the child as police began their investigation.
The surveillance video showed Waller placing the plastic bag with the child in it in front of another motel room. Minutes later the suspect retrieved the bag from the hallway with the child and as he attempted to walk away he was confronted by family members of the child.
The suspect was then confronted by the child’s mother who was able to save the child by ripping open the plastic bag and initiating CPR.
The investigation is ongoing and no motive has been released by authorities. The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency were notified and are investigating the circumstancs.
Waller is charged with 1st degree Attempted Murder and 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He is lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Robertson asks that anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
The charges are merely an accusation and the suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty.