Mother of 18-month-old found dead at home charged with murder

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GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP -

The mother of a toddler who died at his family's southern New Jersey home last summer is now charged in his death.

According to Camden County prosecutors, Heather Reynolds, 41, of Gloucester Township, has been indicted on murder, child endangerment, hindering apprehension and possession of methamphetamine counts.

Officials have said Reynolds ran from her home back on May 10 holding her unresponsive child in her arms and screaming for help from her neighbors.

Emergency crews soon responded and found 18-month-old Axel Reynolds on the lawn of his family's home.

He was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The death initially was considered suspicious. An autopsy found the boy died from asphyxia and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

It's not known if Reynolds has retained an attorney.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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