WALDWICK, N.J – A New Jersey mother’s decision to intervene Monday in a physical fight between her son and his girlfriend turned fatal.
Authorities say that Ana Rojas-Jovel, 45, tried to separate her son, 28-year-old Juan Martinez Rojas, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Claudia Hernandez Soriano, when they started fighting after returning home from a party.
Police said that Hernandez Soriano, described by the online news site Cliffview Pilot as a Salvadoran immigrant, assaulted her boyfriend's mother, who then went into cardiac arrest and died.
Hernandez Soriano is charged with reckless manslaughter.
Martinez Rojas is charged with child endangerment relating to the fact that the fight broke out in front of a child, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. The Cliffview Pilot said the 7-year-old was the couple’s child.
The Cliffview Pilot quoted quoted the county prosecutor as saying that the girlfriend “concealed items of evidence [that] were later found during a search of the crime scene.”
Hernandez Soriano was held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on various charges. Her boyfriend was being held on $75,000 bail on assault and child endangerment charges.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.