LOWER TOWNSHIP — A 29-year-old mother has been criminally charged in the death of her infant son last summer.

Michelle Stanton, of the Villas section, was charged on Thursday with second-degree counts of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland announced.

On June 25, 2023, Lower Township Police responded to an emergency call from Stanton's residence on East Wilde Avenue.

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Officers found Stanton’s six-month-old son, Christian Carty, unconscious and unresponsive.

The baby was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

No other details, including potential cause of death, were publicly disclosed on Friday.

In a written release, Sutherland said he wanted to “commend the assistant prosecutor and detectives involved for their commitment to seeking justice and understanding in the face of heartbreaking circumstances.”

Anyone with information on the case was urged to report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-465-2800 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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