Paterson man, woman charged in connection with death of three-year-old girl | Paterson Times

Paterson man, woman charged in connection with death of three-year-old girl


A city man and a woman have been charged in connection with the death of a three-year-old girl who authorities believe was sexually assaulted, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jonathan Almodovar, 30, and Damarius Lawson, 33, were initially arrested on January 20, 2016 as a result of an investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.

Almodovar has been charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. Lawson is charged with aggravated manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with a witness, and tampering with physical evidence, according to authorities.

Almodovar and Lawson brought Lawson’s unresponsive three-year-old daughter to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Doctors determined the girl had significant brain injury. An evaluation at the hospital concluded the child’s injuries were consistent with sexual assault, authorities said. She remained in critical condition until Tuesday, January 26, 2016 when the girl was pronounced dead at around $12:35 p.m.

A search of the victim’s home yielded potential evidence, authorities said. The investigation also uncovered Lawson tried to get a person to bear false witness.

Passaic County Superior Court Judge Justine Niccollai set bail of $2 million cash only for Almodovar.

Bail for Lawson is set at $1 million cash only.

Almodovar and Lawson face long prison sentences if found guilty of the charges, authorities said.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Tell me why we do not have the death penalty for cases like this? At least there is jail house justice.

  • guest

    Just sick and sad when will these women stop bringing any and every man around their child. I hope both of them get beat and rape daily while locked up sick pieces of sh!t.

  • High School Classmate

    I am shocked by Damarius… she was so nice in high school. Wow..

  • Phrosted Phleyx

    Why do those two pieces of trash get bail ?
    It should be no bail and life for both
    him for his actions and her for allowing it
    But wait till the boyz in the pen get a hold of him they are going to make him squeal like a pig when the take turns on him passing him around like a joint of pot

  • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

    i can not begin to imagine what this little,innocent child went through before her death.the demonic pos mother & her boyfriend should be sent to one of the Arabic countries to be brutally tortured & killed.may this baby finally rest in peace after her short life of hell on this earth.

  • Maurice Jaleen

    So sad. Not sure how a mother let's that happento their child.