9-year-old boy discovered useless inside burning automotive behind NJ highschool, father charged

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9-year-old boy discovered useless inside burning automotive behind NJ highschool, father charged


The physique of a 9-year-old boy was discovered inside a burning automotive in New Jersey — and now his father is charged with arson, police stated.

Police made the grisly discovery late Thursday evening behind Sayreville Struggle Memorial Excessive College, the place they discovered the burnt automotive.

The boy’s father, Manuel Rivera, 43, was outdoors the gasoline-doused car with a self-inflicted wound and burns on his physique, based on Sayreville Police Division.

The unidentified boy, 9, was discovered useless contained in the burnt automotive behind Sayreville Struggle Memorial Excessive College in New Jersey late Thursday evening. Alexander Lewis / MyCentralJersey / USA TODAY NETWORK

Police had been referred to as to the scene round 10:45 p.m. after a hearth was reported on the faculty. Rivera’s spouse additionally referred to as cops to report a home dispute, which police stated led Rivera to flee their Eisenhower Drive dwelling with the 9-year-old boy.

Rivera was transported to Robert Wooden Johnson College Hospital to be handled for life-threatening accidents. He was charged with second-degree aggravated arson. Extra costs are pending post-mortem outcomes.

The boy was a pupil a Sayreville Public Colleges and Rivera labored within the faculty district, based on Superintendent Richard Labbe.

Rivera was employed by the college in December 2023 as a cafeteria employee/driver, based on My Central Jersey.

Labbe inspired faculty members to “pray for our pupil” in the event that they had been non secular or to ship “optimistic ideas” to the household.

His father, Manuel Rivera, 43, was discovered outdoors the car with a self-inflicted wound and burns on his physique, based on Sayreville Police Division. Alexander Lewis / MyCentralJersey / USA TODAY NETWORK
Rivera was transported to Robert Wooden Johnson College Hospital to be handled for his life-threatening accidents.
After an preliminary investigation, Rivera was charged with second-degree aggravated arson. Extra costs are pending post-mortem outcomes.




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