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Father arrested after he trapped his Son under the Car and then set the Car on Fire in New Jersey

Father arrested after he trapped his Son under the Car and then set the Car on Fire in New Jersey

Sayreville, NJ: A tragic and heartbreaking incident unfolded in New Jersey after a father was arrested as he trapped his son under the car and then set the car on fire in New Jersey.

The father is now facing murder charges. The father took the extreme step after a domestic incident. The boy was nine years old when he died.

At 10:45 p.m., police were summoned to a residence for a reported domestic incident. The complaining party informed the authorities that Manuel Rivera, 43, had departed the residence with their son, who is 9 years old.

The fire department was also alerted to an incident close to Sayreville War Memorial High School. Arriving at the site at Washington Road, they discovered Rivera alive but suffering from burns and a cut that he had inflicted on himself.

He stood outside a burning car that had been doused with gasoline; the youngster inside had perished in the flames.

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The ambulance brought Rivera to the hospital, where doctors are tending to his wounds.

Two counts of aggravated arson, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of desecration of human remains have been filed against him.

The identify of the youngster, who was a third grader at the Wilson School, has not been disclosed by the prosecution. Monday, there will be therapists and counselors available to help with emotional support or counseling.

Sayreville Public Schools is supposedly where Rivera works. On Friday, a profound feeling of loss and despair was felt all around the neighborhood.

“I had to keep it together when I was explaining it to my son today; it was pretty sad,” neighbor Leo DaSilva said. “I would never imagine those were my neighbors.”

In a statement issued by the community’s mayor, Kennedy O’Brien:

This Good Friday, the people of Sayreville are waking up to the news of a terrible tragedy that rocked our town last night: the killing of a nine-year-old, who was allegedly attacked by a father. All of Sayreville feels the impact of senseless violence whenever one of our children is involved, according to O’Brien. “On behalf of a shocked and saddened community, I want to say that Sayreville stands in solidarity with the child and the family and friends who are enduring this inconceivable ordeal.”

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The community is safe, according to O’Brien, and an exhaustive investigation will be conducted.

Call 732-727-4444 to speak with Sayreville Police Detective Michael Pirigyi or 732-745-3289 to speak with Detective Jose Rosario from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office if you have any information or surveillance footage from the area.

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