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Singers Invited to Monmouth Civic Chorus Summer Sing
Sunday, 13 July 2014
HOLMDEL, NJ - The Monmouth Civic Chorus invites singers to a Summer Sing of Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at... Read More...
Middle Road in Hazlet to be Improved
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Work to improve intersection and replace bridge to begin mid- August HAZLET, NJ – On Monday, Aug. 18, work will begin on projects to improve... Read More...
IMAGE 2014 Belmar Five Mile Run Results
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Photography by jerseyshorepics.com. BELMAR, NJ - With the weatherman's offering of a windless day with  temperatures in the low 80’s, 2,449... Read More...
Community Health Law Project Provides Sandy Legal Clinic
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Sandy Support Events On July 29th from 4--7 pm, Community Health Law Project staff will provide another day of free legal clinic for Sandy affected... Read More...
Keeping Vacation Funds Safe When Traveling Abroad
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Not Safeguarding Currency Can Leave Travelers Empty Handed Hamilton, NJ – Packed and ready to go, caught up in the excitement of getting a... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Anxiety Over Matching the American Ideal
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Not long ago, I had an interesting telephone conversation with a reader in another state concerning what he thought was a physical abnormality. This... Read More...
IMAGE For the Children
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 10 July 2014
When I was raising my own children, I could always be had by a bedtime plea of “Dad, I’m hungry…” A ritual bowl of cereal and some... Read More...
IMAGE Book Review: Love and Treasure
by Lindsey Stefan
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Jack Wiseman is an elderly man who has only one regret in life. He asks his granddaughter Natalie to take a necklace that he has been keeping for... Read More...
IMAGE A See-Through Fish Swims in Local Waters
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 10 July 2014
So far this summer, the seining has been pretty good around local waters in Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay. Along with the usual suspects, such as... Read More...
IMAGE When Did I Become Danny Dorn
by Daniel Murphy
Monday, 07 July 2014
For those of you who have grown up in Red Bank and are over 20 you will remember Dorn’s Photo Shop.  Born in 1910 Danny Dorn Sr. became a... 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.