Former NJ Man Surrenders in Connection with Infant’s Death
A former Fort Lee man surrendered himself to NJ authorities yesterday in connection with the 2012 death of his infant son, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Michael P. Marrara Jr., 32, of Boca Raton, Fla. and formerly of Fort Lee, NJ, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering apprehension.
On March 26, 2012, authorities responded to a 911 report of a child not breathing at a Fort Lee apartment on the 2100 block of Center Avenue. Officers who responded found an unresponsive infant, identified as Marrara’s 10-week-old son, Andrew Jeremy. The infant was pronounced dead at 8:50 a.m. that morning.
An autopsy revealed injuries to the baby in various stages of healing and fresh injuries to the baby’s brain, according to a news release. The case was listed as a homicide after a medical examiner attributed the cause of death to head injuries.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Michael Marrara Jr. caused the injuries to the infant while he was alone with the child. He is allegedly also responsible for previous injuries to the baby that included three broken ribs and soft-tissue damage.
Michael Marrara Jr. was transferred to the Bergen County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.