Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, shortly after 12:15 p.m., Jersey City Police were dispatched to Union Street in Jersey City on a report of a possible death. Upon arrival at 407 Union Street, officers found an apparent lifeless body of a two-year old female child. The child was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. The findings as to the cause and manner of death are pending determination by the Medical Examiner.
Following a preliminary investigation, on June 14, the child’s mother, Tracey Mitchell, age 23, of 407 Union St., Jersey City, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (second degree) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4; and Child Abuse (fourth-degree) in violation of N.J.S. 9:6-1 & 9:6-3. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or bond.
An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).