TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: AUGUST 25, 2020
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of KIMBERLY APONTE (DOB: 05/29/2001; single; unemployed) of 414 Hackensack Avenue, Apartment 2307, Hackensack, NJ, on a charge of Aggravated Manslaughter. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Anthony Cureton, and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Peter Busciglio.
On Saturday, August 22, 2020, at approximately 1:08 p.m., the Hackensack Police Department received a 911 call from one of the residents of 414 Hackensack Avenue, Apartment 2307, reporting that his daughter, KIMBERLY APONTE, had given birth overnight on August 21, 2020.When officers arrived at the apartment, the resident directed them inside where they observed a lifeless child. KIMBERLY APONTE was in her bedroom, and she was transported via ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center. Hackensack Police then contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and a subsequent investigation revealed that APONTE had given birth to a full-term baby after hiding the pregnancy from her family, wrapped the child in a towel, and left it hidden in a clothes hamper.
On Monday, August 24, 2020, KIMBERLY APONTE was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Manslaughter, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4a1, a 2nd degree crime. She was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending her first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, August 25, 20202 of 1at 1:30 p.m.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Hackensack Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.