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Toms River Woman Accused of 14-Month-Old's Death Expected to Testify

Freehold Township New Jersey

A Toms River woman charged with the death of a 14-month-old boy she babysat was death was expected to take the stand during trial this morning.

During Monday's trial, Michelle Heale, 46, waived her right to remain silent, opting not to testify.

On August 28, 2012, Heale was babysitting the 14-month-old Mason Hess, when he went unconscious and stopped breathing, according to authorities.

Mason was transported to the emergency room in Toms River after Heale called 9-1-1. However, Mason was flown by helicopter to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he passed away days later, authorities said.

After autopsy results came back, Mason's death was ruled a homicide once it was determined child died as a result of blunt cerebral trauma, authorities said.

According to prosecutor, Heale violently shook Mason, which led to his death.

Heale was consequently charged with murder and endangering the welfare of a child but has been out on bail.