Arrest made in Oct. 25, 2020 death of Kearny baby, HCPO says

The mother of a baby found deceased on Forest Street on Oct. 25, 2020, has been arrested in connection with the crime, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced Monday, Oct. 18.

Since the girl was 17 at the time the alleged crime took place, she has been charged as a juvenile with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree desecrating human remains — and the case will be adjudicated in family juvenile court, Suarez said.

Because of this, the prosecutor’s office cannot release the girl’s name, nor can this newspaper.

Suarez said the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death in this case to be “homicide.”

All juvenile court cases in New Jersey are strictly confidential and, as such, no more information about the case will be released, Suarez said.

The arrests stem from Oct. 25, 2020, when police were called to a home and found remains of a baby, later named “Matthew,” in a bag atop a trash bin.

The incident took place exactly 51 weeks prior to the arrest being made.

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