A New Jersey woman is on trial for allegedly murdering her young son in 1991. The case has generated national headlines due to the horrific nature of the violent crime allegedly committed against the five-year-old victim.
The homicide occurred in May 1991, but the case was only recently reopened after law enforcement became suspicious about evidence that was uncovered during the investigation.
According to NJ prosecutors, Michelle Lodzinski killed her child, Timothy Wiltsey, and then dumped his body in a ditch. Lodzinski allegedly committed the murder because she felt as though her son had become a burden and that her life would be better if she got rid of him. A Middlesex County prosecutor said that the defendant “no longer wanted” to care for her son and decided that her solution was to kill him.
The defendant’s attorney has countered that his client was a loving parent and that she worked multiple jobs in order to afford her son’s private school tuition because she wanted only the best for him. Moreover, said the defendant’s legal counsel during closing arguments in the murder trial, Lodzinski had actually planned a family vacation from New Jersey to Florida prior to his tragic death.
At the time of her arrest, Lodzinski was living in Port St. Lucie, Florida. However, the murder reportedly occurred while the suspect and her son lived in New Jersey.
During the initial investigation into the victim’s death, Lodzinski spoke with police and said that her son went missing while attending a carnival in Sayreville, NJ. Lodzinski said that she simply “lost track” of her child and that he was gone by the time she realized anything was wrong. However, prosecutors allege that Lodzinski subsequently changed her story and later told law enforcement that her son had been abducted from the carnival by his likely killer.
Investigators from multiple police departments looked into the missing child case and canvassed the area for weeks. Nearly one year later, the victim’s remains were discovered at a site near Lodzinski’s former place of employment. In addition to finding the victim, police also reportedly found a crucial piece of evidence: a blanket with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo on it. More than two decades later, NJ prosecutors filed criminal charges against Lodzinski after several of the victim’s former babysitters came forward to identify the blanket as belonging to the victim. It has been said that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were Timothy’s favorite cartoon characters.
The blanket could be critically important when the jury deliberates and decides whether to find the defendant guilty on charges of first degree murder. Lodzinski’s defense attorney told the jury that the blanket did not have any hair or fiber evidence connecting it to the defendant.
If the defendant is found guilty, she could end up spending the rest of her life behind bars. Meanwhile, she remains in NJ State Prison, where she has been held on a massive $2 million bail amount since being placed under arrest in summer 2014.
For more information about this case, view the Yahoo.com article, “State: Mom Killed 5-Year-Old Son because He Was ‘Burden.’”
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