South Jersey mom convicted of murder in death of her 17-month-old son – PhillyVoice.com
Heather Reynolds, 44, was found guilty of murdering her 17-month-old son and possession of methamphetamine after a nine-day trial.
When Reynolds realized her toddler son was unresponsive, she asked if anyone in the house knew CPR. The neighbor called 911 to revive the baby boy.
Police were called to Marcia Court in Gloucester Township on the morning of May 10, 2018 because Reynolds’ son was found dead in her arms. She told EMTs that he smelled like rubbing alcohol and that maybe he drank something poisonous, but changed her story when an EMT told her that he had clearly been dead for much longer.
Reynolds was arrested and charged with the death of her son, Axel, in June 2019. The medical examiner ruled the child’s death a homicide after discovering trace amounts of isopropyl alcohol in his system.
Heather Reynolds suffocated her son Axel by holding a cleansing wipe over his nose and mouth, according to prosecutors.
Reynolds was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, after prosecutors alleged she engaged in a murder-for-hire plot against her ex-boyfriend, Domenic Caruso. Her attorney said he plans to appeal the verdict, saying that the jury did not find reasonable doubt.
A jury acquitted Reynolds of conspiracy to commit murder and witness-tampering. Prosecutors alleged that the defendant killed her son to get him out of the way of an extra-martial affair.
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