Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Grand Jury has returned an Indictment against Maurice Pearson, 27, Pine Brook, and formerly of Altoona, Pennsylvania, charging him with murder, a crime of the first degree, related to the alleged beating death of his then-girlfriend’s three year old son in April 2015.
The indictment also charges Pearson with various additional crimes related to his alleged conduct towards the three year old child, including aggravated assault, a crime of the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the second degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a crime of the third degree, and unlawful possession of a weapon, a crime of the fourth degree.
Pearson was also indicted on the charge of aggravated assault, a crime of the third degree, related to the alleged assault of the mother of the same three year old child.
Finally, Pearson was indicted on the charge of hindering his apprehension, for allegedly proving false information to law enforcement during the course of this investigation.
Pearson is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility, with a bail set at $1,000,000 cash, bond or property.