NJ mom charged in newborn’s death won’t be freed pending trial

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A New Jersey woman accused of killing her newborn son will remain jailed.

Jada McClain’s lawyer sought to have her released Wednesday pending her murder trial, saying she needs her family’s emotional support as well as medical and psychological treatment.

But Monmouth County prosecutors said the 18-year-old Neptune Township resident should stay jailed, noting the charges she faces.

The judge eventually decided the defense had not overcome a presumption that murder defendants be held without bail until trial. But he called it “a very, very difficult decision for this court on so many levels.”

Authorities say McClain gave birth March 29 in her bathroom. They say she killed her son by pressing her hands on his chest to stop him from breathing.

She and her boyfriend later drove to an apartment complex where he allegedly put the remains in a dumpster.

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