Contact Us
Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick
Return to your home site

Menu

Northern Highlands Daily Voice serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

Nearby Towns

DV Pilot police & fire

Indictments returned against illegal Salvadoran immigrants in heart attack death of Waldwick mother during fight

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A grand jury returned a manslaughter indictment against a Salvadoran national whose boyfriend’s 45-year-old mother died of a heart attack trying to break up a violent fight between the two in a Waldwick home as their 7-year-old child watched.

Claudia Yanira Hernandez Soriano, 25, is named in all six counts of the indictment.

Juan Francisco Martinez Rojas, who turned 29 yesterday, is charged with child endangerment and lying to investigators.

The couple — both undocumented Salvadoran immigrants — were “punching and scratching each other” after returning overnight to their first-floor Waldwick Avenue home from a party when Ana Angelina Rojas-Jovel intervened, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said hours after their arrests.

Hernandez Soriano assaulted the woman, sending her into cardias arrest, then “concealed items of evidence [that] were later found during a search of the crime scene,” the prosecutor said at the time.

Waldwick police responding to their 911 call found the victim dead on a bedroom floor, he said.

Molinelli’s detectives interviewed witnesses, including the child.

Hernandez Soriano remained held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, while Martinez Rojas remained held on $75,000 bail.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Northern Highlands Daily Voice!

Serves Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River & Waldwick

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.