Sentencing postponed for mom convicted in son Timothy Wiltsey’s death

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.  — A judge has postponed the sentencing of a Florida woman convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in New Jersey in 1991 so he can consider a defense motion to acquit her or grant a new trial.

Michelle Lodzinski was due to be sentenced Tuesday. The Port St. Lucie woman was convicted of murder and faces up to life in prison.

It's not clear when the judge will rule on the motion.

The defense cites what it calls a lack of evidence and the judge's decision to dismiss the jury foreman for undisclosed reasons and replace him with an alternate while the panel was deliberating. The verdict came the next day.

Lodzinski reported Timothy Wiltsey missing from a carnival in Sayreville. But she almost immediately became a suspect when she changed her story several times, eventually saying he had been kidnapped.

Wiltsey's skeletal remains were found in a marshy area in Edison 11 months later.

His death was ruled a homicide and the case sent cold for nearly two decades.

Prosecutors reopened the case in 2014, arresting the mother in Port St. Lucie in Florida.

"People remember this case, They remember the details and we examined evidence and I decided it was time to present it to grand jury," Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey told PIX11 in 2014. "The grand jury returned the one count that hasn't expired; the statue of limitations, which is of course the murder count."

The Associated Press and PIX11 digital producer Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this report.

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