HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The mother of the 14-year-old accused of killing her newborn in Highland Park this week has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree and one count of tampering with physical evidence in the fourth degree. The woman, 35, of Highland Park, was arrested after the death of a newborn baby on April 16, 2018.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Stephen Rizco of the Highland Park Police Department announced the arrest and charges in a press release issued today.
The investigation by Detective Sean McGraw of the Highland Park Police Department and Detective Erik Larsen of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that the woman on two occasions endangered the welfare of a child because she neglected to seek medical attention for her daughter. She also has been accused of tampering with evidence where a crime was committed.
The woman’s name is being withheld at this time in order to protect the identity of her juvenile daughter.
The police were alerted on April 16, 2018, that a newborn was discovered outside of a residence on Lincoln Avenue in the borough. The infant was rushed to Robert Wood University Hospital in New Brunswick where the baby was pronounced dead, says the release.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGraw at (732) 572-3800 or Detective Larsen at (732) 745-3263.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the woman are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.