Bridgeton Mom Found Guilty of Murdering, Dismembering Her Baby
Nakira Griner, the Bridgeton mother accused of murdering her 23-month-old son and dismembering his body found buried under a shed in trash bags in 2019 has been found guilty of murder and related charges after a two-week jury trial.
Griner, 28, was found guilty on Wednesday of 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Desecration of Human Remains, 2nd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 4th Degree Tampering with Evidence, and 2nd Degree False Public Alarm, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office.
On February 8, 2019, Griner told police she had been attacked on the street and her 23-month-old son Daniel Griner Jr. had been abducted.
An intensive search began and the child’s burnt remains were found in the yard of Griner's home later that night. An autopsy concluded that the child had been beaten to death and had multiple bone fractures.
After claiming an abduction, Griner later told police that the child accidentally fell down a flight of stairs in the family home, authorities said. Prosecutors allege that she said in phone calls from jail — which were presented at trial — that she “did what she did to him” to cover up bruising on his body.
The jury also found that because of the child's age, Griner should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Griner's sentencing is set for February 21.