HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A teenage mother is being charged with an act of juvenile of delinquency after prosecutors say she caused the death of her baby found on a street in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
A woman says she discovered the newborn boy near her home on Lincoln Avenue near Route 27 in Highland Park. The child was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Prosecutors say the boy’s death was caused by his 14-year-old mother. If she were an adult, investigators say the offense would constitute murder. Instead, she was charged in a juvenile complaint with murder in the first degree.
The Middlesex County Medical Examiner will work to determine the child’s exact cause of death.
Authorities are withholding the mother’s name due to her age.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGraw from the Highland Park Police Department at (732) 572-3800 or Detective Larsen with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3263.