Camden County Prosecutor Warren E. Faulk reported the following three people were indicted for criminal deaths in Camden County. A Grand Jury handed down the indictments on January 9 and they were returned today.
Lydia Vasquez, F/25, of the 500 block of Berkley Street in Camden – Indicted on a count of Aggravated Manslaughter for the death of Matthew Thompson, her 19-month-old son. Vasquez brought the child to Cooper Hospital about 6 p.m. on March 30, 2011 and he was placed on life support. The next day he was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment but died on April 13, 2011. Examinations after the child’s death revealed injuries to the child’s brain and brain stem and the cause of death was ruled to be blunt impact craniocerebral trauma. The child’s injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Charles Guest, M/26, of the 1300 block of Park Boulevard in Camden – Indicted on a count of Murder for the killing of Ashley Williams, F/24, of Camden. Guest is accused of choked the victim in the early morning hours of September 4, 2011 at the Branch Village Apartments in Camden. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death was blunt neck trauma.
Justin Poe, M/27, of the 2000 block of Barnsboro Road in Gloucester Township – Indicted on Vehicular Homicide and Assault by Auto in connection with a November 5, 2011 crash on Interstate 676 in Camden that led to the death of one woman and serious burns inflicted on another. Poe is accused of speeding while intoxicated on the interstate and sideswiping a 2000 Toyota RAV- 4 in his Infiniti G35. The collision caused a fire in the rear of Poe’s vehicle and two passengers sitting in the Infiniti were badly burned. Charis Wilson, F/22, of Marlton, died from her injuries on November 28, 2011. The other victim, a 24-year-old Somers Point woman, survived her burns.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.