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IMAGE 180's Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program Participates in "Safe Homes Project"
Friday, 17 April 2015
Amanda’s Easel offers art, music and play therapy for children and families affected by Domestic Violence Hazlet, NJ - Amanda’s Easel of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., participated in the Safe Home Project which will be on display in Trenton at... Read More...
IMAGE Investigators Continue to Probe Death of Newborn Found at Farmingdale Dump
Friday, 17 April 2015
State Police Release Composite Sketch of Baby “Emma Grace” West Trenton, N.J. – Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are hopeful a composite sketch of a full-term, newborn infant, whose remains... Read More...
Former Bergen County, New Jersey Democratic Chairman Convicted on Racketeering Charges
Friday, 17 April 2015
NEWARK, NJ—A jury today convicted Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), in connection with a racketeering scheme involving fraud and soliciting and accepting bribes as a party official, U.S.... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - April 17, 2015
Friday, 17 April 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. April 02, 2015 – April 09, 2015 CRIMES: Theft reported on... Read More...
IMAGE NJ Gold Star Family Monument Groundbreaking Ceremony May 3
Friday, 17 April 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015, Vietnam Era Museum, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, N.J., 2 p.m. PHOTO: SSG William Robert Neil, Jr. Army Special Forces. Holmdel, N.J. – On Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... Read More...
IMAGE Concluding the Gospel Twice
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 16 April 2015
On the classical music radio station, they had a program called False Conclusions.  The host presented a number of works that seem to end and... Read More...
IMAGE A Tire-Less Wetland in Union Beach
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 13 April 2015
Each year, volunteers from three organizations, the Bayshore Watershed Council, the New York-New Jersey Baykeeper, and Monmouth County Clean... Read More...
IMAGE Hometown Benefits
by Daniel Murphy
Sunday, 12 April 2015
HOME TOWN BENEFITS...by Daniel Murphy Jr.   There are times when I sit back and realize how fortunate I am to have lived most of my seventy... Read More...

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FREEHOLD, NJ - Michelle A. Heale, 44, of Toms River, was charged today with the murder of a 14-month old child, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully, P.J. Cr. set Heale's bail at $250,000 with no 10% option.

The charge against Heale stems from an incident that occurred on August 28. On that date, Heale was babysitting 14-month old Mason Hess at Heale's house in Toms River. Heale was a regular babysitter for the Hess family and had watched Mason a few times a week for several months predating the incident. At approximately 2:03 p.m., the Toms River Police Department responded to the Heale home after Heale reported that the child was having difficulty breathing. The Toms River Police Department and the Toms River Township EMS responded and found the child unconscious and not breathing. Mason was immediately transported to a local emergency room in Toms River.

Shortly after Mason's arrival, doctors determined that the child's health was rapidly deteriorating and he was immediately transported by helicopter to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ("CHOP"). Subsequent examination by CHOP physicians revealed that Mason sustained physical abuse and that his condition was grave. On August 31, CHOP physicians concluded that Mason was the victim of violent shaking that caused severe brain, spine and retinal damage. Mason Hess succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on September 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m. A subsequent autopsy performed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office rendered Mason's cause of death to be blunt cerebral trauma and the manner of death to be homicide.

An investigation into Mason's death was commenced by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office on August 29. This Office is handling the case because both the father of the victim and the husband of the defendant are employed by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

As a result, the Ocean County Prosecutor referred the investigation to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in accordance with standard procedure. The Attorney General's Office assumed jurisdiction over the case and then assigned it to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office for further investigation.

Murder is a crime of the first degree and carries a maximum sentence of lifetime in prison, and a minimum of 30 years in jail with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility . This charge is also subject to the "No Early Release Act" (N.E.R.A.), which means that, if convicted, Heale would not be paroled until she served 85% of the sentence imposed, if given more than the minimum 30-year sentence.

Despite this charge, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial in which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The case is being prosecuted by Director of Investigations Marc C. LeMieux. Heale is represented by Karl Mohel, Esq., of Toms River.