CAMDEN, N.J. -- The wife of the mayor of Haddon Township was charged Friday with killing the couple's 2 year-old adopted son seven years ago.
Mimi Rohrer, 41, was charged with homicide and released on her own recognizance after a brief arraignment before Camden County Superior Court Judge Donald Bigley.
An indictment returned Dec. 3 by a state grand jury accused her of child abuse which led to the death of the boy, William Rohrer III.
The allegations against her came to light in 1980 when the State Commission of Investigation listed the child's death as one of six in Camden County that were inadequately investigated.
The cause of the boy's May 28, 1975, death originally was listed as self-inflicted wounds, believed caused by his banging his head against a chair.
At the time, the state medical examiner testified the youngster was incapable of hitting his head with enough force to kill himself.
The child, born in El Salvador, was adopted by Mrs. Rohrer and her husband, William, mayor of Haddon Township and chairman of the First Peoples Bank of New Jersey.
On the day he died, Mrs. Rohrer called police to her home, where they found the boy unconscius and detected blood around his nostrils. He was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, where doctors found other bruises on his body.
Mrs. Rohrer told authoritis the child hit his head in a high chair a few timesand slumped over. She said he often fell, and she believed he was retarded.