Posted Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that a Morris County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Maurice Pearson, 27, with a last known address at a motel at 55A Route 46 East, Pine Brook, and formerly of Altoona, Pa., charging him with murder related to the alleged beating death of his then-girlfriend’s three year old son in April, 2015.


The indictment also charges Pearson with various additional crimes related to his alleged conduct towards the three-year-old child, including aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a charge of hindering his apprehension, for allegedly proving false information to law enforcement during the investigation.

In addition, Pearson was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault related to the alleged assault of the mother of the child.

The suspect is currently in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility, with a bail set at $1 million cash, bond or property.

This case is being handled by Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank members of the Montville Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, the Fairfield Police Department, and the Altoona (PA) Police Department, all of whom contributed to this ongoing investigation and prosecution.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

Despite this Indictment, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]