NEWARK, NJ - Itiyanah Spruill, 22, of East Orange will make her first court appearance on Tues.,June 28, on charges in connection with the fatal shooting of her son, a 4-year-old boy, by a 5-year-old boy on Saturday, according to a release from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley.
Following an investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, Spruill was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting, which occurred at about 11 a.m. in a residence located at the 100 block of Norman Street in East Orange.
The victim was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit.
Spruill was arrested in the afternoon on June 25 by detectives from the Prosecutor's Office, and will be held in the Essex County Correctional Facility pending arraignment, according to Fennelly.
Spruill is scheduled to appear on June 28 at 9 a.m., before the Honorable Ronald Wigler, the presiding judge of the Criminal Division, at Veteran’s Courthouse, located at 50 West Market Street in Newark.
Spruill is currently being held on $310,000 bail at the Essex County Correctional Facility, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit.
The investigation is being conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the East Orange Police Department.
The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.