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UPDATE: Babysitter Charged with Beating 23-Month-Old Baby to Death in Jersey City

By rlsmetro on
Jersey City

Authorities charged a Jersey City man with murder after he allegedly beat is child to death earlier this week.

According to a statement released by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, on Tuesday, July 17th, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Jersey City Police Officers were dispatched to 115 Van Wagenen Avenue in Jersey City on a report of a child with life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say the child, later identified as 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow of Jersey City, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 3:45 p.m.

According to authorities, on July 25th, following the investigation, members of the Homicide Unit arrested Andrew Howard-French, 28, of Jersey City, without incident at the Prosecutor’s Office.

Police charged Howard-French with Murder.

Howard-French, who has been identified as a babysitter of the victim, is scheduled to make his first appearance on these charges in Criminal Justice Reform Court in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City today at approximately 3:00 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has declared the cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death to be homicide.

Prosecutor Suarez credited members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit for the investigation and arrest with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.