The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Gloucester Township Police Department reported a local woman has been indicted and arrested in the death of her eighteen-month old son.
Officials say a grand jury returned an indictment today charging Heather Reynolds, 41, with first-degree murder, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree possession of methamphetamine, and third-degree hindering apprehension in connection with the death of her eighteen-month old son.
Law-enforcement officers responded to a report of an unresponsive child on a lawn near his residence, in the unit block of Marcia Court, Sicklerville, in Gloucester Township on May 10, 2018.
The child was pronounced deceased a short time later. A post-mortem examination was conducted by Dr. Gerald Feigin of the Gloucester/Camden/Salem Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officials say on June 7, 2019, Dr. Feigin ruled that the cause of the child’s death was asphyxia and the manner of death was homicide.
At the conclusion of the investigation, which included extensive forensic analysis, the matter was presented to the grand jury, which returned the above-listed indictment against Heather Reynolds.
Heather Reynolds was taken into custody at approximately 6:30 pm, today, in Gloucester Township. She is currently being held in the Camden County Jail awaiting a detention hearing.
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