Twenty-nine year old Carol Skolek was a single mom in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. April 29, 2002, was the first time her 6-year-old son, Brian, had come back from school and didn’t her waiting for him at the bus stop near their house. When Brian got home he discovered his mother in bed, in what he thought was a deep sleep. He fixed a snack, spent a few hours watching cartoons and playing with toys, and then crawled beside her and fell asleep. The next morning, when she still seemed asleep, he shook her and kept yelling “Mommy.” Finally, Brian called 911. “I need your help. I think my mommy’s heart stopped.” Only when the emergency medical personnel arrived did they realize that Jill had been dead since the previous day.

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