ELIZABETH - Prosecutors have filed attempted murder charges against a woman who allegedly set her minivan on fire with two children inside.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park says 48-year-old mother Narcissa Zuber, of Cranford, also faces aggravated arson and child endangerment charges stemming from the fire on the Garden State Parkway in October.
Zuber was in tears as her attorney entered a not guilty plea.
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The mother was arrested Friday after she was released from a hospital and remains jailed on $800,000 bail.
Park says Zuber allegedly set the minivan on fire from inside the car along a stretch of the Parkway in Clark, then drove the burning vehicle 2 miles south before stopping in Woodbridge.
Zuber and the two children were all injured in the fire. Zuber's husband tells News 12 New Jersey the children are recovering but are OK.
Zuber's attorney says the former Elizabeth school teacher has battled a recent health problem. "She had suffered from a stroke is my understanding, in 2011," says William Lundstein. "And she suffers from aphasia, which impacts her ability to communicate. So it makes it more difficult."
Lundstein offered no explanation of how or why the incident happened.
The judge barred Zuber from having any contact with the children.