Police: Mom killed toddler because he wouldn't eat or listen

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BRIDGETON -

A mother accused of killing her toddler son told police she struck the boy because he would neither "eat nor listen to her," according to legal papers filed in the case.

Nakira Griner, of Bridgeton, has been charged with murder and other counts in the death of her 23-month-old son, Daniel Griner Jr.

According to Cumberland County prosecutors, Griner initially reported her son had been abducted Friday night.

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A child abduction response team began a search aided by city and state police, prosecutors and bloodhounds from New Jersey park police.

The child's remains were found Saturday around 3 a.m. in the yard of Griner's home.

Griner is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a detention hearing.

It wasn't known Monday if she has retained an attorney.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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