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Mays Landing man indicted in death of infant son

Mays Landing man indicted in death of infant son

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MAYS LANDING — A Mays Landing father has been indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of his 4-month-old son, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Thursday.

Jose Rojas, 35, was indicted on charges including aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Jan. 29, Hamilton Township police responded to a home in the 6000 block of Hoover Driver for a report of an unresponsive child and found the baby with no pulse, authorities said. The baby was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus and later taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with critical injuries, but died Feb. 4, authorities said.

Investigation revealed Rojas was home alone with his three young children, the Prosecutor’s Office said. Rojas told police the baby rolled off a 2-foot-high bed; however, doctors said the injuries were comparable to those from a 30-foot fall, authorities said. Doctors said the child had hemorrhages in both eyes consistent with severe abusive head trauma.

Rojas was charged Feb. 10.

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