NJ mother charged with murder after remains of missing toddler found in yard

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Authorities say a mother who reported her toddler son abducted has been charged with murder after the remains of a child were found in the yard of the New Jersey home.

Nakira Griner, 24, was arrested Saturday morning after her child’s body was found in the yard of the woman’s Bridgeton home, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

The Cumberland County prosecutor’s office says Bridgeton police were called shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday after 23-month-old Daniel Griner Jr. was reported abducted.

A child abduction response team began a search aided by city and state police, prosecutors and bloodhounds from New Jersey park police. Prosecutors say the remains of a child were found at about 3 a.m. Saturday in the yard of the home.

Twenty-four-year-old Nakira Griner was charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment, desecration of human remains and evidence-tampering.

A listed number for Griner couldn’t be found Saturday and it’s unclear whether she has an attorney.

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