TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2019
JONATHAN MELENDEZ OF THE BRONX, NEW YORK CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced an additional charge of Aggravated Manslaughter against JONATHAN MELENDEZ (DOB: 10/22/1992; single,television production worker) of The Bronx, NY. This charge is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Glenn M. O'Reilly.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit initiated an investigation regarding twin infants brought to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ with significant injuries, including multiple fractures and head trauma. As a result of that investigation, it was learned that the infants had been in the custody of their biological father, JONATHAN MELENDEZ, in Teaneck, NJ when the injuries
On Friday, October 25, 2019, JONATHAN MELENDEZ was arrested by the Teaneck Police Department and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and two counts of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child and remanded to the Bergen County Jail.
On Thursday, October 31, 2019, Hackensack University Medical Center advised the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit that one of the infants had succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m. Following notification, the Teaneck Police Department charged JONATHAN MELENDEZ with one count of Aggravated Manslaughter in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4a(1), a 1st degree crime.
Prosecutor Musella states that these charges are merely accusations and that the
defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
and would like to thank the Teaneck Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.