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Former Fort Lee firefighter charged in death of 10-week-old son

Photo Credit: on Facebook of his arm on Father’s Day this past Sunday
Photo Credit: on Facebook of his arm on Father's Day this past Sunday
Photo Credit: on Facebook of his arm on Father’s Day this past Sunday

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen authorities have charged a former Fort Lee volunteer firefighter in the death of his 10-week-old son, who originally was believed to have died of SIDS last year, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

UPDATE: A former Fort Lee man broke three of his infant son’s ribs and damaged his brain, causing the 10-week-old boy’s death last year, Bergen County Prosecutor John L Molinelli said this morning, officially confirming the arrest of a 32-year-old Michael Marrara Jr. READ MORE….

Family members at the time said that little Andrew Jeremy Marrara died of SIDS on March 26, 2012.

Marrara posted this photo on Facebook of his arm on Father’s Day this past Sunday

However, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office arrested his father, 32-year-old Michael Marrara Jr., and charged him today with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, child endangerment and hindering apprehension.

“We believed that he was involved in the child’s death — it just took a little time for our work to be completed with the Medical Examiner’s Office,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

Marrara, an electrician by trade, was a volunteer with Engine Company No. 1 of the Fort Lee Fire Department. He once expressed dreams of working for a local police department.

Marrara posted $250,000 bail hours after his arrest and was released from the Bergen County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

An official release from Molinelli was expected Wednesday.

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