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Camden County Woman Sentenced for the Murder of 17-Month-Old Son

Camden County

By: Yuritza Arroyo 

Heather Reynolds has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the murder of her 17-month-old son on May 10, 2018, Camden County officials announced. 

According to Camden County officials, on November 15, Reynolds, 45, was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment, with no possibility of parole, on the Murder charge.

Officials say, Reynolds was also sentenced to a concurrent eight-year prison term for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and a concurrent four-year prison term for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (methamphetamine).

According to officials, before the sentencing of Reynolds, members of the victim’s family discussed in court how the defendant’s crime had affected their lives before imposing the sentence. 

On July 28, following a nine-day trial, a Camden County jury returned a guilty verdict against Reynolds for Murder, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

“We are grateful to the jury for the time and attention that they gave to this case,” said CCPO Homicide Section Chief Peter Gallagher, who represents the state in this matter. 

Police say, on May 10, 2018, Gloucester Township Police officers responded to a report of an unresponsive child on a lawn near his residence, in Marcia Court, Sicklerville, in Gloucester Township.

The child was pronounced deceased a short time later.

A post-mortem examination was conducted, and the cause of the child’s death was asphyxia, and the manner of death was a homicide.