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Aunt Charged In Toddler’s Death In Gloucester County

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WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Gloucester County authorities have charged a woman with child endangerment stemming from the death of her 2-year-old nephew.

Authorities say Felicia Tucker was looking after the boy when he left the Monroe Township home that she shared with his family and ended up in a nearby lake on Aug. 1.

Tucker called police after finding the front door open and the boy missing.

Tucker and a friend found the boy in the lake. He was pronounced dead at a hospital after nearly two hours on a respirator.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old endangered the toddler by allowing him to leave the home and drown.

Tucker was released on her own recognizance.

It’s not known if she has hired an attorney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)