Parents charged after death of 3-day-old baby

A married couple faces charges after the daughter born in their Wallington home died after three days, authorities said Monday.

Joseph Chmielewski, 40, and Juliann Garner-Chmielewski, 35, were each charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child for failing to seek medical attention for the newborn, according to acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo.

The baby was born Feb. 6 in the couple’s apartment on Strong Street, Calo said.

Three days later, someone in the apartment called 911 to report “an unresponsive infant in medical distress,” Calo said.

The infant was taken by ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The couple is accused of “willfully (failing) to seek medical attention” for the baby after she was born.

Chmielewski and Garner-Chmielewski were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, the prosecutor said.

Andrew Scholes, who rented a second-floor apartment to the couple, told the two were problem tenants.

Public records show Scholes tried to evict the pair in February 2017. The couple also faced eviction from a Lodi residence in July 2015, according to court records.

Scholes could not be reached for comment on Wednesday morning.

Chmielewski and Garner-Chmielewski appeared Monday in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack and were released pending further legal action.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The couple could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

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