Second NJ fatal case of child left in car; Cedar Grove Nursing Assistant Charged in Death of 85-Year-Old

Sources: New Jersey Patch; RLS Media

A a 22-month-old girl was found deceased after being left in a car at the PATCO rail station in South Jersey, according to officials with the mass transit company.

“First responders were called to the scene on a report of a child left in a car at the Lindenwold Station,” Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) spokesperson Mike Williams said late last week. “The child had been in the vehicle for an unknown amount of time, and resuscitation efforts were made.”

When the DRPA and Lindenwold police arrived at the scene, they found the girl unresponsive in her car seat with the passenger window broken, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. The baby was pronounced deceased at the scene at 3:54 p.m.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Mike Batista at 856-676-8175 or DRPA Corporal Joseph Ebling at 856-969-7884. Information may also be emailed to ccpoTips @ ccProsecutor .org

According to Kids And, 34 children have died in hot cars this year. This is the second fatal New Jersey case: a woman has been charged with in the death of a child in a hot car in Lakewood, while another survived being left in a car overnight in Jersey City.

Police have suggested placing your briefcase, purse, or cell phone next to the child’s seat so that you’ll always check the back seat before leaving the car.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II has announced that Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Monique Beaucejour, 46, has been charged with reckless manslaughter for causing the death of 85-year-old Fannie McClain, a resident at the Waterview Nursing Home in Cedar Grove.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13 at approximately 11:30AM, emergency medical personnel were called to the nursing home on a report of an injured patient. They discovered the victim suffering from a head injury. She was transported to Mountainside Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m.

Beaucejour is being alleged to have led others to believe the injuries were caused by another patient, but it was determined that she became aware that McClain had fallen and sustained her head injury. Beaucejour stands accused of putting McClain back in bed and acting as if she just discovered her injury after returning to the room later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

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