Death of Summit School District Employee Ruled Homicide; Suspect in Custody

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Dwayne Birchler of West Orange. Credits: Essex County Prosecutor
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LIVINGSTON, NJ - The death of Lyndsay Bass-Ulyate, an aide in the Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers, has been ruled a homicide by the Livingston Police Department.
 
Bass-Ulyate, 32, was found unresponsive in her home at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday by Livingston Police.
 
Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang, in a May 16 e-mail to parents, notified the community of her passing.
 
 
"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our colleague, Ms. Lindsay Bass-Ulyate, early Sunday morning.

Ms. Bass-Ulyate was an aide in the Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers. She was a caring and thoughtful instructional aide, working well with our youngest students and supporting our teaching staff. We offer our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues during this time.

We will have counselors available at both Primary Centers for any staff member or student, who may need to speak with someone. As we receive details about services, we will share them with the district staff and community."
 

Today, Dwayne Birchler, 33, of West Orange was arrested and charged with one count of manslaughter.

The Honorable Norma J. Grimbergen, Judge of the Superior Court, set bail at $150,000.



Birchler is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch announced today that the Livingston Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the homicide.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No other information is available at this time.

Reporting for this story was compiled by TAPinto Livingston.

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