Mom charged with endangering after toddler found dead near empty bag of drugs. The death of a toddler in East Orange last week remains under investigation after police and EMS found the baby unresponsive on a bed with an empty bag of drugs near its pacifier, police allege in court documents.

Police also found two used doses of Narcan, an opioid antidote, which the mother said she administered to her baby after finding her lifeless early last Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Natalie Mina, 31, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was later arrested and remained jailed Thursday in Essex County.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the baby’s cause and manner of death, but declined specific comment on the case, a spokesperson said. An East Orange spokesperson referred comment to the prosecutor’s office.

In a probable cause affidavit supporting the endangering charge, a police officer wrote that officers arrived at the home on North 15th Street at about 12 a.m. for an unresponsive toddler and arrived to find an EMS crew performing CPR on the child.

An ambulance took the child to a hospital in Newark, where doctors tried for about an hour to save her life, to no avail.

At the hospital, Mina told police her daughter had been asleep face down on the bed since about 6 p.m., and when she went to move her to a more comfortable position, she was cold, pale and not breathing, officers wrote. She rushed the baby out of the room, and the baby’s father dialed 911.

At the scene, police found an empty plastic bag with white powdery residue they suspect was cocaine on the bed near a pacifier, and the Narcan sprays. Mina said she received the sprays from a program in which she’s enrolled.

Man tried to kill 16-year-old, authorities say

A Paterson man has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a 16-year-old in the city last month, officials said.

Jamar Ray, 20, opened fire when he and the teen were among a group gathered near the corner of Mercer Street and Warren Street shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 5, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

The teen was driven to a local hospital in a private car to be treated for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Ray was arrested Wednesday morning near the intersection of Keen Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. He was also charged with two weapons offenses.

Authorities also announced an arrest in a second shooting that left a man injured.

Sicorey Rouse, 40, of Paterson is also charged with attempted murder and two weapons offenses. Rouse shot a 35-year-old man around 11 p.m on Sep. 15 near the corner of East 18th Street and Broadway, authorities said

The long-range outlook from the Climate Prediction Center calls for a 60% to 70% chance of temperatures that are warmer than average between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 in New Jersey and a 40% to 50% chance of warmer-than-average temperatures through the rest of October.Climate Prediction Center

A mix of clouds, occasional rain showers and gusty winds could spoil part of the upcoming Columbus Day weekend in New Jersey, but the forecast is looking brighter during the next two weeks.

Forecasters from the national Climate Prediction Center say the chances are good for a nice stretch of warm and dry weather during the middle of October and heading into the later weeks of this month.

Their long-range outlook calls for a 60% to 70% chance of temperatures that are warmer than average between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 and a 40% to 50% chance of warmer-than-average temperatures through the rest of October.

Rain chances should be near normal between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 and are projected to be below normal through the end of the month, the Climate Prediction Center says.

Forecasters from the Climate Prediction Center say rain chances in New Jersey should be near normal between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 and below normal through the end of the month.Climate Prediction Center

As for the more immediate future, the National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies on Friday, with afternoon highs reaching the mid- to upper 70s, followed by mostly cloudy skies this weekend with a 30% chance of light rain showers Saturday and a 60% chance of showers on Sunday.

Temperatures Saturday and Sunday are forecast to hover in the upper 60s to low 70s. In addition, winds could be gusty at times, especially in areas closer to the Jersey Shore, because of a coastal storm system that is expected to drift up north from the southeastern region of the U.S.

As of now, forecasters say computer guidance models are split over whether the coastal system will get close to the Jersey Shore or remain far offshore, so the amount of rain and strength of the winds remain uncertain.

But partly sunny skies are expected to return on Monday, the day Columbus Day is being celebrated, with temperatures rising into the low 70s.

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