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Attorney Of N.J. Mother Charged In Cold Case Murder Asks For More Time To Prepare Case

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - A lawyer for a Florida woman charged in the death of her son more than 20 years ago in New Jersey has asked a judge for more time to prepare for the case.

The request came during a court session held Tuesday in New Brunswick.

The lawyer for Michelle Lodzinski said he needs more time to sift through more than 3,000 pages of discovery he received from Middlesex County prosecutors.

Lodzinski was arrested in Florida two months ago, more than 20 years after her 5-year-old son died.

She told authorities that Timothy Wiltsey disappeared at a Sayreville carnival in 1991, but investigators said her story kept changing. His skeletal remains were found nearly a year later.

On Saturday, May 25, 1991, Lodzinski – then a 23-year-old single mother – took her son to a carnival at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

"I don't remember anything else than what I've told everybody," she said at the time.

Lodzinski also told CBS 2 in 1991 that she lost track of Timmy at the carnival as he got a soda after riding a couple of rides.

"After I paid for the soda, I turned around and he was gone," she told former CBS 2 reporter Brian Williams at the time. "He's outgoing, independent, he's smart."

But discrepancies in Lodzinski's story led to police to become suspicious, as a woman standing next to Lodzinski at the carnival concession stand said she never said anything about her child being missing, and no one at the carnival saw a child matching Timmy's description, according to published reports reported.

Police said Lodzinski later told them that Timmy had been taken away by two men – one of them with a knife – but later confessed that she had made up that story, prosecutors reported. She later allegedly claimed a woman and two men had taken Timmy.

Lodzinski has pleaded not guilty. Another court date has been set for Nov. 14.

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