Florida woman found guilty in 1991 murder of 5-year-old son

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Woman Convicted Of Killing 5-Year-Old Son In 1991

May 18 (Reuters) - A Florida woman was found guilty on Wednesday in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son in central New Jersey in a cold case that was reopened five years ago, according to media reports.

Michelle Lodzinski, 48, a former New Jersey resident, was convicted of murdering her son Timothy Wiltsey. She had reported him missing from a Memorial Day weekend carnival they attended in Sayreville, New Jersey, in May 1991, nj.com reported.

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Court officials, prosecutors and her lawyer could not be reached immediately for comment.

His remains were found 11 months later in an industrial park near Edison, New Jersey.

Jurors began deliberating on May 12 in the trial in Middlesex County Superior Court that began in mid-March. On Tuesday, Judge Dennis Nieves replaced one juror with an alternate without explaining why and ordered deliberations to start again.

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Defense attorney Gerald Krovatin, left, shows the jurors Timothy Wiltsey's kindergarten graduation robe during his opening statements in the Michelle Lodzinski murder trial on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski is charged with killing her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey in 1991. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski appears before Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz for a status conference, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Lodzinski, a former South Amboy resident, is accused of murder in the death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey, 23 years ago. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool)
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, Michelle Lodzinski, center, sits beside her attorney Gerald Krovatin during her arraignment in New Jersey Superior Court in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was convicted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, of killing her 5-year-old son Timothy Wiltsey in New Jersey in May 1991. (Jason Towlen/Home News Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
Michelle Lodzinski arrives in court for her arraignment before Judge Bradley Ferencz in State Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, is charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Jason Towlen)
Michelle Lodzinski sits beside her attorney Gerald Krovatin during her arraignment in State Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, is charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Jason Towlen, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski sits beside her attorney Gerald Krovatin during her arraignment in State Superior Court, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, is charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Jason Towlen)
Michelle Lodzinski listens during her murder trial Friday, March 18, 2016. Lodzinski, a former South Amboy resident, is charged with the murder of her 5-year-old son, Timothy, more than 20 years ago. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
Mary Ellen Quik testifies in New Brunswick, N.J., Friday, March, 18, 2016, during the Michelle Lodzinski murder trial. Quik was the school nurse at Timothy Wiltsey's elementary school. Lodzinski, a former South Amboy resident, is charged with the murder of her 5-year-old son, Timothy, more than 20 years ago. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski enters the courtroom Friday, March 18, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J., at the beginning of the day for her murder trial. Lodzinski, a former South Amboy resident, is charged with the murder of her 5-year-old son, Timothy, more than 20 years ago. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski watches the jurors enter the courtroom before opening statements in her murder trial on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski is charged with killing her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey in 1991. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutors Christie Bevacqua shows jurors a blanket found in a marshy area of Raritan Center in Edison during the murder trial of Michelle Lodzinski on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski is charged with killing her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey in 1991. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)
From left, Middlesex assistant prosecutors Joseph Surman and Scott La Mountain wait for defendant Michelle Lodzinski to be brought into Superior Court for her first appearance, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Lodzinski, is charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey. Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She's was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Robert Sciarrino, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski, charged with the murder of her five-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey in Sayreville, N.J. more than 20 years ago, appears in court for a status conference before Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in New Brunswick, N.J. A lawyer for the Lodzinski, charged in the death of her son more than 20 years ago in New Jersey intends to file a motion to have the indictment thrown out. (Patti Sapone(/The Star-Ledger via AP, Pool)
Michelle Lodzinski, left, with her attorney Gerald Krovatin, appears in court for a status conference before Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in New Brunswick, N.J. Krovatin, a lawyer for Lodzinski, charged in the death of her son more than 20 years ago in New Jersey intends to file a motion to have the indictment thrown out. (Patti Sapone(/The Star-Ledger via AP, Pool)
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The case was reopened in 2011 after the Middlesex County district attorney's office received an anonymous tip that went nowhere.

Investigators again questioned Lodzinski's acquaintances about a blue blanket found near the boy's remains. The details that emerged led them to link her to the crime.

In August 2014, Lodzinski was arrested by police in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

According to media reports, prosecutors said she felt burdened by the child.

The case was featured twice on the television show "America's Most Wanted."

Lodzinski, who was a 23-year-old single mother when her son went missing, denied being involved in his death. Prosecutors painted her as indifferent to his disappearance.

She faces a potential sentence of life in prison.

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