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In The News: Infant Dies From Heroin Overdose

Pictured above is Denise Manco, 35, left and Rondell Moore, 37, right, of Toms River, New Jersey. Currently being charged for the death of their 11 month old child in 2008, known only as “Baby JM”. Manco and Moore tried to ease the pains of teething for their child by putting heroin on his gums, resulting in the overdose that killed him.

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Parents of an infant pleaded guilty to placing heroin on their infant son’s gums in 2008 because he was teething. The child, identified only as ‘Baby JM,’ died a short time later from heroin intoxication.

Denise Manco, 35, and 37-year-old Rondell Moore of Toms River, New Jersey, entered guilty pleas earlier this week to one count of second-degree manslaughter, Ocean County prosecutors said today.

Just how the 11-month-old boy ingested the heroin had remained a mystery until investigators in Ocean County got new information in the Seaside Heights case in October.

On September 12, 2008, Baby JM was found unresponsive at their home in Seaside Heights by local police.

Despite being rushed to the Community Medical Center in nearby Toms River, the boy was declared dead.

In October of 2012, new, credible information came to light that the toddler did not ingest the drug by accident, though the prosecutor’s office would not reveal what the specific new information was.

Seaside Heights’ police chief Thomas Boyd told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that the parents’ actions were ‘unfathomable.’

He added: ‘You just sit back and you ask is the world going crazy, or am I?’

Authorities say both defendants admitted placing heroin in the baby’s mouth and rubbing it on his gums because he was teething.

According to the Asbury Park Press, both people could face a sentence of up to 10 years if convicted.

Their sentencing is scheduled for next month.

26 Comments to In The News: Infant Dies From Heroin Overdose

  1. Kill em both. No excuses. 1st Degree murder…regardless of what they were thinking…a calculated act. Same as shaking a baby to death, you know what will happen. Death penalty is the only answer.

  2. armedinTN on January 18th, 2013
  3. and to think only ten years. yet some one who took computer files that he had paid was going to get 50 years until he hung him self.

  4. awesome on January 18th, 2013
  5. i think they should get a fatal dose of heroin

  6. rob on January 18th, 2013
  7. A teething ring would have worked wonders.

  8. Lisa Marie on January 18th, 2013
  9. Why in God’s name did that woman let a monkey NEAR her child??? This is what happens when you get too friendly with a hostile species.

  10. NotaNegroid on January 18th, 2013
  11. They killed their baby yet she looks happy and he looks bored in the mugshots. No remorse whatsoever. Give them a fatal dose of heroin, they are both a waste of oxygen.

  12. sniizy on January 18th, 2013
  13. Only 10 years!? So will they be young enough to procreate again when they get out? WTH! People who have committed lesser crimes have gotten stiffer sentences. These scumbags need to be put to death!

  14. PeopleMakeMeSick on January 19th, 2013
  15. Fry them both.

  16. Oogie on January 19th, 2013
  17. if they dont get the death penalty i would be more than happy to have an accident and run them dow on the way to court.. i dealt with my kids teething with ice cream and i hope a broom magically finds its way up their asses

  18. kelly on January 19th, 2013
  19. This is why I believe that when addicts give birth they shouldn’t be aloud to leave the hospital with their babies, if you’re an addict don’t drag an innocent child into your junked up world

  20. Mother of 4 on January 19th, 2013
  21. They should both be sterilized.

  22. HarleenQuinzel on January 19th, 2013
  23. What I’d like to know is why it took the DA *FOUR* years to bring charges against these twat waffles?! WTF?!?!?!

  24. Reality on January 19th, 2013
  25. I used to babysit for a lady that gave me a bottle of whiskey for her kids teething pains. She told me to rub some on her gums when she was cranky. That fucking kid cried so much I was convinced that the whiskey was there for me to slam.

    Back to these two pieces of shit, let the sexual predators have a go at em for the whole 10 years.

  26. Bob on January 20th, 2013
  27. Typical stupidity from a mudshark and her buck.

  28. vomit knife on January 21st, 2013
  29. That’s how they did it in the late 1800’s oddly enough.

    I hope they rid society of these wastes of space.

  30. bean on January 21st, 2013
  31. how do do only get 10 years for such a crime?

  32. JD Storm on January 21st, 2013
  33. her punishment will be from the AIDS she likely contracted from tyrone.

  34. loki on January 21st, 2013
  35. Amazing that they thought heroin would be a cheaper/safer alternative to a teething ring or just some soothing gel.

  36. Kinseth on January 21st, 2013
  37. time for some shotgun & pull the trigger ememas
    for them both

  38. Joey BadaBing on January 22nd, 2013
  39. I swear some people. Teething is not an easy time but to rub a known narcotic on your baby’s gums is just plain idiotic. I once had someone tell me to give my daughter a pork chop bone to chew on but I didn’t do it because I had sense enough to know it wasn’t right. There are plenty of OTC teething medications or ways to soothe gums without using what these two idiots did.

  40. LaDonna on January 22nd, 2013
  41. They are not two shit piles that deserve to die. Unless you look at it this way, the kid was probably going to also grow up to be shit so they did society a favor.

  42. Missy on January 22nd, 2013
  43. Murder is murder. Im sorry to say this but its a good thing the baby died so he wouldnt be stuck with these fucktards forever. Rip little man. Youre in a better place now

  44. abbey on January 27th, 2013
  45. wow lmao u can buy heroin but cant get a teething ring or teething gel? wow fuckin bitches i hope they die in jail

  46. remmi509 on March 4th, 2013
  47. Get the E Street band and Kevin Smith out of NJ then blow it up.

  48. B on October 18th, 2013
  49. People are so fucking stupid!!!!! They should be sterilized

  50. Moonflower on October 18th, 2013
  51. “Why in God’s name did that woman let a monkey NEAR her child??? This is what happens when you get too friendly with a hostile species.”

    – NotaNegroid

    What an absolutely disgusting, uneducated and racist comment. People like this are more chilling than the story they commented on.

  52. Quicksilver on October 19th, 2013

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