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Couple Indicted in 2008 Death of Infant

Denise M. Manco and Rondell F. Moore indicted in 2008 incident

A Seaside Heights couple has been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury on a count of manslaughter in the 2008 death of their 11-month-old baby.

Denise M. Manco and Rondell F. Moore were indicted last week on a count of second-degree manslaughter in the death of their child, referred to in the indictment as J.M., in Seaside Heights, on Sept. 12, 2008.

The indictment says J.M. was born Oct. 1, 2007. The pair also was indicted on a count of second-degree endangering the welfare of the child, J.M., and a count of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, stated by the indictment as being heroin.

"There was an ongoing investigation, and it was felt there was enough evidence to move forward (with an indictment) at this time," Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone said.

Denise Manco's Facebook page includes a Sept. 12, 2011 tribute to Jaiden Rondell Moore, born Oct. 1, 2007, and died Sept. 12, 2008. She is a graduate of Toms River High School North, according to her profile.

Manco's status is unclear. She was not listed in the Ocean County Corrections Department's inmate information website today.

Moore, 37, is being held in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, in lieu of $100,000 bail, on a charge of reckless manslaughter after he was arrested on Sept. 10, 2012, and on a charge of willful nonsupport, according to the Ocean County Corrections Department's inmate information website. The source of those charges is unclear.

In a separate incident, Manco and Moore were arrested last December after a raid on their Seaside Heights motel room resulted in the seizure of 122 bags of heroin and a small amount of marijuana. They were charged at that time with possession of heroin, possession of heroin under one half-ounce with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute in a recreational zone and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.

Priti Patel October 08, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Here's a link to him being slashed. Probably a drug deal gone bad. http://www.app.com/article/20120616/NJNEWS/306160023/Man-slashed-Seaside-Heights-bar
J dogg 79 October 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I hope you are joking,they should come out with a flavor and the proceeds go to abused children.R.I.P sweet angel.
be happy January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
this is no ones fault but their own, denise is white and grew up in a good home in a beautiful respectful neighborhood, and she is just as much fault as he is....it doesn't matter what color you are, or how much money you make, or what family you are from, if you choose to become a scumbag junkie it is your choice and no one elses fault but their own, and they r getting off way to easy for killing their own child, it is a disgrace that our system lets people plead so low.......that poor baby should have never been with them to begin with, people like that should not be allowed to pro-create.....and lets top it off, i bet it was our money, tax dollars, that paid for the heroin that killed that poor baby.....
be happy January 11, 2013 at 04:16 PM
they both killed that baby......what parent is stupid enough to rub heroin on a baby's gums because they are teething....they were to worried about their high getting ruined so they had to shut up the baby somehow, certainly not a kind caring person.
barbara January 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
horrible, guess they could not spend $3 on ambisal or teething gel for the poor baby. this happened in 2008 why were the allowed on the streets and busted in 2011? dont get this system.

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