Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dad charged with manslaughter in death of 10-week-old son (Fort Lee, New Jersey)

Dad is identified as MICHAEL MARRARA JR.

Fort Lee firefighter charged in death of 10-week-old son

Posted by: Jerry DeMarco
Posted date: June 18, 2013

Bergen authorities have charged a Fort Lee volunteer firefighter in the death of his 10-week-old son, who originally was believed to have died of SIDS last year, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Family members at the time said that little Andrew Jeremy Marrara died of SIDS on March 26, 2012.

However, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office arrested his father, 32-year-old Michael Marrara Jr., and charged him today with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, child endangerment and hindering apprehension.

“We believed that he was involved in the child’s death — it just took a little time for our work to be completed with the Medical Examiner’s Office,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

Marrara, an electrician by trade, is a volunteer with Engine Company No. 1 of the Fort Lee Fire Department. He once expressed dreams of working for a local police department.

Marrara posted $250,000 bail hours after his arrest and was released from the Bergen County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

An official release from Molinelli was expected Wednesday.