Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on July 12, 2023, Natalie Sabie, 35, of Lacey Township, pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter and Endangering the Welfare of a Child before the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, P.J.Cr.P., in connection with the death of her two year-old son on September 7, 2022, in Lacey Township. At the time of her sentencing on September 8, 2023, the State will be seeking a term of ten years New Jersey State Prison (NJSP) – subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act – as to the Aggravated Manslaughter charge, and five years NJSP as to the Endangering charge. The sentences are to run consecutively.
On September 7, 2022, Officers from the Lacey Township Police Department were summoned to a residence for a report of a two year-old male found to be unresponsive by his mother, Natalie Sabie. Responding Officers and Paramedics at the scene attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful in their efforts. The child was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he was pronounced deceased. Further investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lacey Township Police Department, and Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau, determined that Sabie was at home with the child and responsible for his care on September 7th when he was found unresponsive. The investigation also revealed that the child had access to illegal narcotics while in his mother’s care.
On September 9, 2022, a post mortem examination was performed on the child by the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office; the results of the examination remained inconclusive pending toxicology analysis. On October 12, 2022, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office received the toxicology report, which revealed the presence of a significant amount of fentanyl in the child’s system. Based upon this report, a forensic pathologist made a determination that the child’s cause of death was acute fentanyl intoxication.
On October 14, 2022, Sabie was taken into custody and charged in connection with the death of her son. Sabie was processed and has been lodged in the Ocean County Jail since her apprehension.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Carr who handled the case on behalf of the State, and commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lacey Township Police Department, Lacey Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to Sabie’s guilty pleas, and soon her state prison sentence.