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New Jersey Woman Charged With Beating, Abandoning Newborn Near Weehawken H.S.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey mother and special education teacher has been charged with assaulting and endangering her 1-month-old baby, who was found abandoned outside Weehawken High School.

A court-appointed lawyer for 37-year-old Tamara Reyes of Weehawken entered a not guilty plea for her Wednesday in a Jersey City court. Reyes is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse. She is in custody and bail has not been set.

Reyes was special education teacher at Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio says Reyes’ daughter was found June 10 face-down on a sidewalk in front of the school and not on the school steps as originally reported.

Reyes was stopped nearby by police for driving erratically.

DeFazio says the baby had a skull fracture and other injuries that could be consistent with being thrown from a car. She remains hospitalized.

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