NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Florida woman charged in the death of her 5-year-old son who was reported missing from a carnival in New Jersey in 1991 made a brief court appearance on Thursday.
Michelle Lodzinski, 47, has been held on $2 million bail since her arrest Wednesday in Jensen Beach, Fla., the same day her son would have turned 29.
It’s not known if the Port St. Lucie, Fla., resident will waive extradition and return to New Jersey.
Middlesex County, New Jersey police said a routine cold case review prompted a new investigation, leading a Middlesex County grand jury to hand up an indictment charging the 47-year-old with the murder of her son, Timothy Wiltsey.
The grand jury charged that Lodzinski “did purposely or knowingly kill Timothy Wiltsey, or did purposely or knowingly inflict serious bodily injury upon Timothy Wiltsey, resulting in his death,” prosecutors said.
She told authorities her son disappeared at a carnival in Sayreville in May 1991. His skeletal remains were found in April 1992 in nearby Edison.
Archived footage from CBS 2 shows hundreds of volunteers sifting through the large, grassy area along the waterfront in the search of clues from Timothy’s disappearance.
As CBS 2 reported, it is unclear what evidence led the grand jury to accuse Lodzinski of killing her son.
Retired Sayreville Police Captain Edward Szkodny, who did not want to go on tape, said it was a long time coming, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.