The aunt of a Monroe toddler who drowned last week has been charged in connection with the boy’s death.
Felicia Tucker, who was watching the child Aug. 1 when he wandered away and drowned in a nearby lake, was arrested and charged Tuesday with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.
Tucker, 26, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Tucker was watching her 2 1/2-year-old nephew, Joshua Moore, at the home she shared with the boy’s mother when he wandered from the home and drowned in nearby Victory Lake. In a release announcing her arrest, the prosecutor’s office said Tucker “endangered” the child “by allowing him to leave the residence and drown.”
Prosecutor’s spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said a factor in the case was the finding of a “significant period of time when the child was not supervised.”
A devastated Tucker said she was feeling “extremely guilty” when she talked with a reporter last Friday. Neither Tucker — who was released after being charged — nor the child’s mother, Leanne Tucker, could be reached for comment Wednesday.
Last week, Tucker said she had been doing paperwork in her room the evening of Aug. 1 while Joshua and her 4-year-old daughter played around the house. The boy was discovered missing around 7 p.m. when his 15-year-old brother came home and found the front door ajar.
Tucker searched the area herself before calling police around 8:23 p.m. She found the child floating in the nearby lake about an hour later.