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Release* †† ††††††Date: May 1, 2009 ††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: May 1, 2009 †††††††††††
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
a Piscataway woman was sentenced today to serve up to 15 years in a
††††††††† Wella Eng, (DOB 11/23/73) was sentenced to the term in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Frederick DeVesa, who said the defendant must serve at least 85 percent of the term before she can be eligible for parole. The judge also reduced the term by 477 days Eng has already spent in custody since her arrest.
was sentenced after she previously pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated
manslaughter, admitting she placed Lauren Eng face down in a bathtub at the
police arrived in response to a 911 call at 4:44 p.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 was sentenced today to five years for endangering the welfare of the child.
Eng previously admitted that she parked her vehicle in a shopping center
parking lot in
The judge said the penalty for the child endangerment will be served concurrently with the aggravated manslaughter term.
charged originally with murder and two counts of endangering the welfare of the
child, but under negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor
Eng had agreed to serve a 20-year prison term as part of the plea negotiations, but the judge imposed 15 years, saying that while Eng was fit to stand trial, she had a history of mental illness and depression.
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