MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Cinnaminson Director of Public Safety Michael P. King announced today that a Shamong resident has been charged with Murder in connection with the death of a 1-year-old toddler who was being fostered by his girlfriend.
Steven Donaldson, age 29, of 14 Wesickamen Drive in Shamong, N.J., was charged with one count of Murder for the death of Claudia Nunes on February 12, 2013. Claudia turned a year old the day before her death.
The investigation revealed that on February 12, 2013 Donaldson was caring for Claudia in his girlfriend’s Cinnaminson, N.J. home while she was at work.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood concluded that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Donaldson surrendered yesterday (3/26/13) at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office. Bail on the Murder charge was set at $250,000 with no 10 percent option. Donaldson was released yesterday after posting bail.
The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Cinnaminson Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.