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Indictment: Baby suffocated after he was put under comforter

May 22, 2019

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The parents of a four-month-old boy who suffocated after they put him under a comforter at a motel last year have been indicted on murder charges.

William Herring and Brianna Brochhausen also face child endangerment counts in the indictment handed up last week by a Burlington County grand jury. It’s not known if they’ve retained attorneys.

Prosecutors say the couple became frustrated when their 4-month-old son, Hunter, would not stop crying while they were living at the Hilltop Motel in Springfield Township in February 2018. They put him on his stomach on the bed and pulled a comforter over him, covering his whole body and head.

The couple then went outside to smoke for about 10 minutes. When they returned, he was unresponsive and died about three weeks later.

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