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Monmouth Doctor Admits Taking Bribes for Test Referrals
Thursday, 20 November 2014
NEWARK, NJ—A doctor with practices in Wall Township and Howell Township, New Jersey, today admitted accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth University Celebrates 40th Annual Holiday Ball
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Photo: Karen S. Leoncavallo and Richard L. Ricciardi, co-chairs of Holiday Ball. West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University will celebrate its 40th Annual Holiday Ball on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in... Read More...
IMAGE A Closing Reception for Exhibition "Endangered Beauty” with Artist Sabrina Fadial
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Second Story Art Gallery Presents a Closing Reception for Exhibition "Endangered Beauty” with Artist Sabrina Fadial Atlantic Highlands, NJ - On Saturday, November 29, the Second Story Art Gallery presents a closing reception from 6pm to 8pm... Read More...
Keansburg Holiday Tree Lighting 2014 Celebration Set for Dec. 1
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Keansburg, NJ – November 20, 2014 – Keansburg, NJ will celebrate the holiday season with a traditional Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 1 in Friendship Park located on Main Street in Keansburg. The evening’s... Read More...
IMAGE Newest Member of MC Sheriff's Office has a Nose for Sniffing Out Crime
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Photo: (L to R) K-9 Skye, S/O Kurt Kroeper & Sheriff Shaun Golden. FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming its newest member to the force and she has the one credential for the job, her sense of smell. Skye, the ten... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Take It From Snoopy
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Recently, I cleaned out a trunk full of ancient artifacts from my high school days and came across a little book titled “Happiness is a warm... Read More...
IMAGE Happy Birthday to a Group Very Special to Atlantic Highlands
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 20 November 2014
This column typically avoids mentioning birthdays, as each of us is special and our birthday is something to be celebrated.  But a recent... Read More...
IMAGE Wigged Out at the White House?
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Has Barack Hussein Obama finally flipped out? One could reasonably conclude that after hearing the president’s remarks following an epic electoral... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - November 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 16 November 2014
I have nothing funny or witty to say about this, "Brookdale Community College floats plan for 210 layoffs" : http://on.app.com/1GVIO49 PSA: If your... Read More...
IMAGE Preemie Spawns Life With Grace
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Hers was one tough pregnancy. A physician told Jennifer Schwertfeger in 2004 that her placenta and uterus had separated, a condition known as... 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.