The murder trial of a mother accused of killing her 5-year-old son in 1991 is nearing its end, as both sides rested their cases Tuesday. Closing arguments in the trial of Michelle Lodzinski were scheduled to start this morning.
Lodzinski has long been a suspect in Timothy Wiltsey’s disappearance, and she chose not to testify during her trial, which started in mid-March. Lodzinski was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where she has lived for several years.
Lodzinski claimed Timothy vanished from a Sayreville carnival in May 1991. After his remains were found the following year in nearby Edison, the woman changed her story, saying her son had been kidnapped from the carnival.
“The evidence will show it was his mother, Michelle Lodzinski. The very person who brought him into the world took him out of it,” assistant county prosecutor Christie Bevacqua told jurors during the trial.
Lodzinski was considered a suspect, the investigation grew cold until 2011, when authorities took renewed interest in the case.
According to a transcript of grand jury testimony, an anonymous call spurred Middlesex County investigator Scott Crocco to revisit the case file and, eventually, to interview Lodzinski’s niece, Jennifer Blair Dilcher, about a blanket that was found near Timothy Wiltsey’s body. The item was identified by Dilcher, who said the blanket came from the boy’s apartment.
“There is probably nothing more horrible to contemplate than the death of a child, any child, especially your child,” said defense lawyer Gerald Krovatin. “Maybe the only thing worse is the day when they turn around and someone falsely accuses you of killing your own child.”
A former neighbor of Michelle’s, Ann Golio, testified she saw Timmy on Saturday, May 25, 1991 at 11 a.m. running up and down Augusta Street, the street he and his mother lived on, with his friend Tara.
Prosecutors believe the boy was killed sometime that day and his body taken to the swampy area of Raritan Center in Edison where his skeletal remains were found 11 months later.
Michelle Lodzinski’s two sons, Daniel, 18, and Benjamin, 14, and her father, Edward Lodzinski Sr., testified at her murder trial.
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