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Perth Amboy Man Charged with Murder of Two-Year Old Girl

Perth Amboy

Middlesex County officials announced today that a 29-year-old Perth Amboy man has been charged with killing his girlfriend’s daughter. In addition, the mother of the child was charged with endangering the welfare of a child as well.

According to county officials, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the Edison Police Department was contacted by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), to conduct a welfare check on Monique Durham’s twin 5-year-old daughters. 

As a result of communicating with the twins’ mother, Ms. Durham, local law enforcement referred the matter to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and a joint investigation was commenced. 

As a result of that joint investigation, it was determined that one of the 5-year-old girls was missing. 

It was further determined that no family or friends had seen the child since 2019. 

As the investigation continued, it was determined that Monique Durham’s boyfriend, Matthew Chiles, 29, of Perth Amboy, engaged in conduct resulting in the missing child’s death in 2019 and illegally disposed of the child’s remains. 

This conduct engaged in by Mr. Chiles occurred in the City of Perth Amboy.

According to officials, Chiles has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, desecration of human remains and murder. 

Durham has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and theft. 

Officials stated that Durham and Chiles are currently being housed at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Perth Amboy Police Department at (732) 442-4400, Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7400, or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3927.