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Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 6, 2009†††††††††††††† †††††††† ††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *Press Release* ††† ††††††Date: February 6, 2009†††††††††††††† ††††††††
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
††††††††† Wella Eng, (DOB 11/23/73) pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated manslaughter, admitting she placed Lauren Eng face down in a bathtub at the home at 2 Camelot Court on January 10, 2008, knowingly ignoring the risk that it could lead to her death.
police arrived in response to a 911 call at 4:44p.m., the infant was
unresponsive and was taken to
Eng was charged with the homicide following an investigation by Sgt. Dave Powell of the Piscataway Police Department and Sgt. George Trillhaase of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
also pleaded guilty today to a charge of endangering the welfare of the child,
admitting that on Nov. 28, 2007, she parked her vehicle in a shopping center
parking lot in
Eng was charged originally with murder and two counts of endangering the welfare of the child, but under negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua, the defendant waived trial and pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and one child endangerment count.
part of the plea agreement, Eng faces up to 20 years in a
Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa will sentence Eng on May 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Middlesex County Courthouse, New Brunswick.