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March 30, 2015

Millville man charged with murder of 9-week-old girl

A Cumberland County man was charged Monday with the murder, in the death of a 9-week-old girl, and endangering the welfare of a child, reports.

Manuel Mikes, a 33-year-old Millville resident, was the infant's step-father, according to Lt. Jody Farabella of the Millville Police Department.

Police and paramedics arrived at the 200 block of South 5th Street on Friday at 6:30 a.m. to find the baby girl unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m.

While authorities initially believed that the baby may have suffocated at night, an investigation by the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide. Medical examiners discovered blunt-force trauma to the back of the baby's head.

Mikes is being held in the Cumberland County Jail in lieu of $1-million bail and has an arraignment scheduled at the Cumberland County Courthouse on Tuesday.

The incident remains under investigation.