A woman who reported her five-year-old son missing nearly a quarter of a century ago has been found guilty of killing him.
A jury in New Jersey convicted Michelle Lodzinski of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the 1991 killing of Timothy Wiltsey.
Prosecutors said Lodzinski killed her son and dumped his body in a ditch because the boy had become a burden.
Lodzinski, now 48, told investigators at the time that she lost track of her son at a carnival.
Timothy’s remains were discovered 11 months later in a marshy area near a building where Lodzinski once worked, prosecutors said.
Authorities had long suspected Lodzinski, pointing to inconsistencies in her story about how her son disappeared.
But she was not charged with the killing until 2014, a few years after prosecutors reopened the case.
Investigators said three of Timothy’s former babysitters told them a blanket found with the boy’s remains had come from Lodzinski’s apartment.
The defence questioned the babysitters’ recollections, and noted in court that one of them had expressed anger in the past over a custody issue involving the boy.
Lodzinski, who had moved to Florida, was arrested and extradited to New Jersey to face trial.
She faces up to life in prison. Sentencing is set for August.