Man charged after welfare check reveals a child died three years ago

Perth Amboy, New Jersey: The Middlesex County District Attorney's office has announced charges against 29-year-old Matthew Chiles after a welfare check revealed that one of the twin daughters of his girlfriend had died in 2019.

 

According to the statement, the Edison Police Department was contacted by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency on Tuesday, July 26, and asked to perform a welfare check on the twin daughters of 27-year-old Monique Durham.

 

That check revealed that one of the twins, that would have now been 5-years-old, was missing and had not been seen since 2019.

 

"As the investigation continued, it was determined that Monique Durham's boyfriend, Matthew Chiles, 29, of Perth Amboy, engaged in conduct resulting in the missing child's death in 2019, and illegally disposed of the child's remains."

 

Chiles is in custody in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center and is facing charges including one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of second-degree desecration of human remains.

 

Though not mentioned in the press release, the girl's mother, Durham, has also been arrested and is in custody in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center. She is facing two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree theft.

 

WABC-TV reports that they spoke with Chiles' family and then indicated that an unnamed source informed them that the girl's remains were recovered from the basement of Chiles' Perth-Amboy home last month.

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