Who is Heather Reynolds? New Jersey woman sentenced to life in prison for killing 17-month-old son

A New Jersey woman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted in July of killing her 17-month-old son in 2019.

Heather Reynolds, 45, was sentenced to life in prison by Camden County Judge Gwendolyn Blue on Nov. 15, nearly three and a half months after a jury found her guilty of murder.

On July 28, the jury convicted Reynolds of murder, possession of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child, in addition to the murder charge.

Who is Heather Reynolds? New Jersey woman sentenced to life in prison for killing 17-month-old son
Axel Reynolds

“We are grateful to the jury for the time and attention that they gave to this case,” said Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Peter Gallagher of the Homicide Section, who represents the state in this matter.

A press release from Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay’s office said along with a term of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole on the murder charge, Blue sentence Reynolds to eight years for endangering the welfare of a child and four years for possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine.

Prosecutors in Camden County claim Reynolds suffocated her 17-month-old son, Axel, by placing a cleansing wipe over his nose and mouth.

Reynolds fled her Gloucester Township home on May 10, 2018, clutching an unresponsive child in her arms and yelling for help. When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered Axel unconscious on the lawn of his family’s home in Sicklerville, New Jersey.

Who is Heather Reynolds? New Jersey woman sentenced to life in prison for killing 17-month-old son

The boy reportedly had bruises around his mouth and nose, and Reynolds told EMTs her son may have ingested something poisonous. When EMTs told Reynolds her son had been dead for much longer, Reynolds allegedly changed her story.

Witnesses at the time also told police Reynolds took methamphetamine the night before, which police confirmed after finding drug residue in her purse.

An autopsy found the cause of death for the child was asphyxia and the manner was homicide.

source:nsemwokrom.com