Mother Previously Convicted in Son’s Death Released from Prison

Mother Previously Convicted in Son's Death Released from Prison

( – Justice is not always served in criminal cases, as some remain unsolved for years and prosecutors never prove others beyond a reasonable doubt. In other rare instances, a Supreme Court decision can actually reverse the justice delivered by a jury. In New Jersey, that’s just what happened when the state’s high court overturned a mother’s previous conviction for killing her son in the early 1990s.

Single mother Michelle Lodzinski reported to police that her 5-year-old son Timothy went missing during a carnival in 1991. After she provided conflicting reports of what happened at the fair, police couldn’t recover the boy in the following days. A year later, they found his body in a nearby marsh, too decomposed to identify a cause of death.

Police continued working on the case. Finally, in 2016, a jury found Lodzinski guilty of killing her son after former babysitters connected a blanket found at the scene to Timothy’s house. Yet, after multiple appeals, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Lodzinski’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The state high court overturned her conviction. So, on Tuesday, December 28, Lodzinski walked out of prison.

The New York Post shared the surprising turn of events for this mother:

Sadly, most people connected with this case may never truly know how the little boy died. Still, this does remind every American how every citizen is innocent until proven guilty — a right not provided by all other countries around the globe.

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