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No new charges in two Ventnor killings

No new charges in two Ventnor killings


A Ventnor man accused of beating his father — who later died — remains free on bail without an upgrade in charges.

Thomas Nelson, 30, was arrested Feb. 7, after his father was found beaten inside the North Derby Avenue home they shared. Two days later, 60-year-old Michael Nelson died in the hospital.

An autopsy found the elder Nelson died of blunt-force trauma and ruled the death a homicide.

But the charges against his son have remained aggravated assault and criminal mischief, with no upgrade to manslaughter or murder.

The case is still under review in preparation to be presented to a grand jury, said Jay McKeen, spokesman for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Nelson has been free since posting $100,000 bond Feb. 28, jail records show.

It was the second killing in Ventnor connected to a family member in the first six weeks of the year.

Eight-month-old Olaia Marie Mejia died Jan. 8, a week after she was found unresponsive in her Ventnor Heights home.

The girl’s mother, Lisa Scalia, 30, was allegedly high when she rolled over the infant in her sleep, nearly suffocating her.

Scalia was arrested and charged with child endangerment and four counts drug possession, after police found suboxone, oxycodone, heroin and Lyrica at the home.

Those charges have not been changed, and autopsy results are still pending, McKeen said.

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