Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Update on little girl found at the gas station..

They have identified her...and found a suspect.

A 25-year-old Edison, N.J., man has been charged with kidnapping and endangering his 20-month-old daughter, who was abandoned at a Newark gas station Sunday, according to the Middlesex County, N.J., Prosecutor Office.

Earlier: Police learn name of girl abandoned in Delaware

Dwayne Jackson was charged today in Middlesex County, N.J., and is being held there on $750,000 bail.

Newark police have a warrant for Jackson's arrest, charging him with first-degree reckless endangering for locking the girl in the bathroom of the Shell service station at 804 S. College Ave.

The child was identified as Jackson’s daughter after her photograph was published in The News Journal and elsewhere, according to Jim O'Neill, spokesman for Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The child, who had been living with her mother in North Brunswick, N.J., remains in Delaware with her foster family.

Officials did not release the girl’s name. The identity of her mother also was withheld due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, they said.

O’Neill’s statement did not say if the mother was the victim of an apparent homicide whose body was found burning Monday in Ramapo, N.Y. Police there linked the girl to the victim but did not offer details.

The young woman’s charred corpse was found just before 5:38 a.m. by two newspaper carriers in the parking lot of Manny Weldler Town Park off West Maple Avenue. Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said investigators don’t have a positive identification on the woman. When asked about the link to the child found in Delaware, Weidel said information on that would come from the Middlesex County, N.J., prosecutor's office.

Ramapo is about 66 miles from New Brunswick, N.J., seat of Middlesex County. Newark, Del., is about 100 miles from New Brunswick.

If the child found in Newark is connected to the woman found in Ramapo, the case has similarities to the Rosario DiGirolamo case, where a screaming child was found in the Christiana Hospital parking lot in June 2007. A note identified the boy as "John Vincent."

Authorities later learned the boy's actual name was was Michael DiGirolamo — the son of 25-year-old Amy Giordano of Hightstown, N.J. Her dismembered body was found in a pond in Staten Island, N.Y., in March 2008. Rosario DiGirolamo was charged in New Jersey with killing Giordano, his mistress. He is awaiting trial.