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Somerset County woman charged with attempted murder of 3-year-old

MANVILLE BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County woman has been charged in relation to the attempted murder of a 3-year-old child in Manville Borough, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit responded to a nearby hospital on Dec. 12, 2023 for a report of a 3-year-old child with signs of physical abuse and strangulation, McDonald said.

A further medical examination revealed patterns and marks indicative of child abuse and evidence of strangulation, McDonald said.

Detectives from the Special Victims Unit interviewed the child who disclosed that the injuries were allegedly sustained while under the care of Alfonsina Anguita, 21, of Manville Borough, McDonald said.

As a result of this investigation, Anguita was arrested on Dec. 21 in Somerville without incident and charged with first-degree attempted murder and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She was then lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, McDonald said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Victims Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Manville Police Department at 908-725-1900 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

Jay Edwards

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