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N.J. babysitter charged with shaking toddler to death


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(CBS/AP) FREEHOLD, N.J. - Prosecutors have filed murder charges against Michelle Heale, a New Jersey woman who they say fatally shook 14-month-old Mason Hess while babysitting him.

Bail was set Tuesday at $250,000 cash for 44-year-old Heale of Toms River.

Heale was watching the child in her home on Aug. 28 when he started having breathing problems. The toddler was flown that same day to a children's hospital in Philadelphia where he died three days later.

Doctors determined that the baby suffered severe brain, spine and retinal damage from a violent shaking.

The case will be heard in Monmouth County, because the infant's father and Heale's husband both work for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.


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