Mother charged with murder after missing son turns up dead

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A New Jersey mother is being held in the Cumberland County jail following the discovery of the remains of her 23-month-old child in her yard early Saturday morning, about nine hours after she reported him missing, according to NJ.com.

According to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Nakira M. Griner is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree desecration of human remains, and fourth-degree tampering with evidence.

On Friday at 6:36 p.m., the 24-year-old mother reported to the Bridgeton City Police Department that her child, Daniel Griner Jr., was abducted, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials and State Police bloodhounds began looking for the child, but at about 3 a.m. Saturday the boy’s remains were located outside Griner’s home on Woodland Drive, authorities said.