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Township of Hamilton Police
Saturday February 10th, 2018 :: 03:23 p.m. EST

Arrest - Aggravated Manslaughter

A Hamilton Township man has been charged in connection to the death of his 4 month-old son.

Jose Rojas, 35, is charged with first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, second degree Aggravated Assault and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child for the death of his infant son.

On January 29, 2018, Hamilton Township Police responded to 6023 Hoover Drive, Mays Landing, for a report of an unresponsive child. Upon arrival, a 4 month old boy was found with no pulse and he was transported to AtlantiCare Mainland Division. Due to the critical nature of the child’s injuries he was later transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After almost a week in the hospital the child succumbed to his injuries on Sunday February 4, 2018.

An investigation showed that Rojas was home alone with his three young children. Rojas told police that the child rolled off the bed, which was approximately two feet high.

However, doctors at CHOP stated that the injuries were so significant that a fall could have only caused them if it was at least 30 feet.

Doctors from CHOP stated that the child suffered hemorrhages in both eyes that were too numerous to count the number. The pattern of hemorrhages was consistent with severe trauma, specifically abusive head trauma, doctors said.

Det. Larry Fernan of the Hamilton Township Police is the lead investigator on the case. Assistant Prosecutor Dave Ruffenach represents the state.

Township of Hamilton Police
6101 13th St
Hamilton Township, NJ 08330

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Non-emergencies: 609-625-2700

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