MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey couple who
allegedly disposed of their stillborn baby in the garbage have been allowed to
enter a pretrial intervention program.
Morris County prosecutors had charged 25-year-old Erin Dougherty and her
31-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Aratow, with unlawful disposal of medical waste in
May. The charges will now be dismissed if they successfully complete the
Authorities say Dougherty was approximately 25 weeks pregnant when she
suffered a stillborn birth on May 6 and the baby was discarded in a trash
receptacle outside their East Hanover home. The trash was picked up on May 7 and
the rubbish was taken to a Pennsylvania landfill.
Dougherty and Aratow were approved for the PTI program on Tuesday. Aratow,
though, will also have to perform 25 hours of community service.