Mother, 41, & # 39; choked her 17-month-old toddler to death by wiping a cleaning cloth over his nose and mouth because he got in the way of her affair & # 39;
- Heather Reynolds, 41, sobbed while denying murder and a threatening son
- The police were called on May 10 last year because they screamed for help holding his body
- Prosecutor claimed that she had killed Axel after suffocating him with a cleaning cloth
- Judge detained her in custody at Camden, New Jersey, in pre-trial detention
A mother is said to have choked her 17-month-old toddler by wiping a cleaning cloth over his nose and mouth because he stood in the way of her case, a court has heard.
Heather Reynolds, 41, who is also struggling with addiction to crystal meth, sobbed because her lawyer denied allegations of murder and endangering her son Axel on May 10 last year.
She was taken into pre-trial detention in Camden, New Jersey, pending trial, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mother Heather Reynolds, 41, has been accused of suffocating her 17-month-old son Axel by covering his mouth and nose with a cleaning cloth because he stood in the way of her case. (Pictured) Mrs. Reynolds with her son during celebrations for his first birthday
Mrs. Reynolds denies charges for murder and threatens her son Axel. The mother, struggling with addiction to crystal meth, sobbed in the courtroom. (Pictured with her husband Joseph, who died in November, and son Axel)
& # 39; This is an absolutely brutal murder and helpless victim, & # 39; said prosecutor Peter Gallagher nj.com.
He also claimed that the & # 39; commitment & # 39; would require to perform the killing because of the time it would take.
Her lawyer Michael Testa said: “She firmly denies that she has anything to do with the death of her child.”
On May 10 last year, police were called to Mrs. Reynolds' house in Gloucester Township, where she screamed for help while holding her son's lifeless body.
He had bruises around his mouth and nose and smelled of alcohol, the prosecutor said.
Emergency crews found the boy on the lawn of the parental home.
Reynolds lawyer Michael Testa said: & # 39; She firmly denies that she has anything to do with the death of her child & # 39;
Police were called to her home on May 10 last year after she was found outside screaming for help to hold her son's lifeless body. He appeared to have bruises around his nose and mouth
Medical researcher Gerald Feigin ruled death a murder by suffocation on June 7 after traces of a substance used in detergents and antiseptics were found in the boy's body.
Mrs. Reynolds was indicted by a jury on June 13 after hearing evidence.
Her husband, Joseph, who died in November this year, was away from work when Axel died.
Her social media profiles show the mother with Axel and two other children, who are also considered her sons, and her husband.
She is listed as a student at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming a therapist at a Children's Counseling Center.
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