Toddler’s Death Ruled Accidental

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PERTH AMBOY — Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today that the death of a 17-month-old boy at a Perth Amboy day care center in May was accidental.

The conclusion was reached following the completion of an intensive investigation by the Perth Amboy Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the child died of asphyxia in combination with two respiratory ailments, identified as bronchopneumonia and bronchitis.

It was further determined that the child became trapped when he pushed his head through an opening between the mattress and plastic mesh siding of his crib. As a result, pressure to the child’s neck from the mattress and mesh siding restricted the flow of oxygenated blood to his brain.

The investigation began after police received a 911 call at 10:35 a.m. on May 17 from Maggie’s Little School, a day care center on Parker Street in Perth Amboy.

Police arrived and attempted to revive the child, who was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, where he was pronounced dead at 11:22 a.m.

The identity of the child, who was a resident of Carteret, is being withheld at this time.


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