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Teen mother faces charges in infant’s death

8-15-14

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A Paterson teenager is charged with delinquency for allegedly causing the death of her 2-month-old son.

Authorities say the mother’s alleged actions would have resulted in charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child if they were committed by an adult.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office says that at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2013, the mother realized the infant wasn’t breathing and called 911. The infant was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The death was ruled a homicide.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Freid says there were multiple signs of trauma and skeletal injury to the infant.

The mother’s age isn’t disclosed, but Freid says she’s a teenager and is being held in a juvenile detention facility.

The case will be heard in family court.