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Tragic child deaths in New Jersey this week

Posted on May 11, 2018

It’s been a tragic time for New Jersey’s children and their families. In just one week, five families have suffered one of the most painful kinds of loss - the deep anguish of burying a child.


The agonizing week started on Monday night in Newark, when 6-year-old Yodia Encarnacion was playfully jumping on a bed with other 6 children when she abruptly tumbled out of a window that didn’t have a safety guard. She fell three stories from the bedroom window onto the pavement below, where she was found unconscious. She was transported to University Hospital where she later died. [Read more.]

Then two horrific incidents on Tuesday.

Early that morning, a 14-year-old Franklin Township freshmen boy was in gym class when he collapsed and became unresponsive, even as staff performed CPR. He was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Brunswick, where he was later pronounced dead. [Read more.]

Later that day in Hamilton Township, a 2-year-old boy and his mother were struck by a truck when the toddler darted into street. As the child ran between parked cars, his mother chased after him into the street and both were struck. They were then transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where the child succumbed to his injuries and his mother remains in critical condition. It is currently unknown if the truck driver was speeding down the road. [Read more.]

Later in the week on Thursday, two more tragedies:

A Gloucester child’s death remains under investigation after an 18-month-old was found unresponsive in the child’s crib. Upon discovering the unconscious child, the mother immediately sought assistance from her neighbors, banging on doors for help to save the baby. Officer and Emergency Responders attempted to perform CPR, but were unsuccessful and the child was pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement is seeking the mother’s boyfriend for questioning. [Read more.]

Then on Thursday night, a 12-year-old was fishing with friends at Sylvan Lake in Burlington County, when he jumped into the water and did not immediately surface. Police later received a report of a potential drowning. Law enforcement and dive rescuers searched for over 3 hours, before finding the boy’s body still submerged under the lake’s murky water. [Read more.]


After such a horrifically tragic week for New Jersey, family and friends are reminded to hug their children a little tighter this weekend. Mother’s Day will be especially painful for five families this year.

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