Mother Killed 23-Month-Old Son Because He Wouldn’t Eat, Listen, Police Say

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BRIDGETON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — A criminal complaint says a New Jersey woman accused of killing her toddler son told police she struck the boy because he wouldn’t “eat nor listen to her.” Nakira Griner is charged with murder and other counts in the death of 23-month-old Daniel Griner Jr.

Cumberland County prosecutors have said the Bridgeton woman initially reported that her son had been abducted Friday night. A child abduction response team began a search aided by city and state police, prosecutors, and bloodhounds from New Jersey State Park Police.

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The child’s remains were found around 3 a.m. Saturday in the yard of Griner’s home.

A family friend says she is in shock.

“Hearing this as soon as I saw — the first thing I saw was on Facebook — and I started pacing back and forth wishing it was not true,” said the family friend who asked not to be identified.

Neighbors were also stunned to find out why authorities were working through the night just down the street from their front door.

“It’s sad. I have two boys of my own. I can’t imagine any mother doing that to her children. It’s very sad and disturbing at the same time,” neighbor Shanice Wilson said.

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Griner is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a detention hearing. It wasn’t known Monday if she has retained an attorney.

Griner is currently being held at Cumberland County jail.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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