Mom charged in slaying of 4-year-old daughter

August 17, 2009 9:59:28 PM PDT
Authorities say a Morris Township woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 4-year-old daughter.Officers say it was a horror story when they found a 4-year-old girl outside on the lawn, unconscious, with a neighbor trying to revive her.

Neighbors say the father had been outside doing yardwork when he heard screaming in the house. The father took the young girl to a neighbor, who was a nurse.

Another daughter, who is 6, was conscious but lethargic. She was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Neighbors say the mother, identified as 33-year-old Jenny Lizette Erazo-Rodriguez, slit her own wrist before taken into custody.

"There was blood on her pajamas," neighbor Chrystina Simpson said. "They walked her past a couple of houses, to get her to the ambulance."

The family had moved into the neighborhood just six months ago. Neighbors said the mother had recently been treated for a mental illness.

Erazo-Rodriguez is being charged with murder, attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bail was set at $1 million.


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