New Jersey Mom accused of drowning infant wants to attend funeral of dead daughter


Registered User
Jan 26, 2005
A Piscataway woman accused of drowning her 9-month-old daughter wept as she sat in court today and heard her lawyer ask the judge to allow her to attend the funeral.

Wella Eng, 34, sat handcuffed in Superior Court in New Brunswick, her hands clutching sheets of paper that she held up to cover her face from news photographers.

Eng is accused of killing her daughter, Lauren Eng, in their home on Thursday.

Piscataway police responding to a 911 call from the house at 4:44 p.m., found the infant unresponsive. The child was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 p.m. the next day.

Defense attorney William Fetky today asked Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa to let Eng attended her daughter's funeral this Friday in Piscataway, saying members on both sides of her family wanted her to attend.

Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua opposed the request, stating Eng has a long history of mental illness and is charged with murdering the child.

De Vesa said he was inclined to grant the request, but told Fetky to file a letter with comments from Eng's therapist to determine whether attending the funeral would cause additional mental problems. Bevacqua may also file her objections.

Fetky, in court, stated Eng's illness "goes back to when she was 12 years old." Fetky said later he does not believe his client could be legally responsible for the child's death.

Eng is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. She faces separate charge of endangering the welfare of her daughter by leaving the child alone in a car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Piscataway in November.