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New Jersey mother kills 23-month-old son because he wouldn't eat, listen to her

A criminal complaint says a New Jersey woman accused of killing her toddler son told US police she struck the boy because he wouldn't "eat nor listen to her".

Nakira Griner is charged with murder and other counts in the death of 23-month-old Daniel Griner Jr.

Cumberland County prosecutors have said the woman initially reported that her son had been abducted on Saturday.

A child abduction response team began a search aided by city and state police, prosecutors, and bloodhounds from New Jersey State Park Police.

The child's remains were found around 3am Saturday local time in the yard of Griner's home.

Griner is scheduled to appear in court later this week for a detention hearing. It wasn't known this morning if she has retained an attorney.

Nakira Griner, left, has been charged with killing her young son, Daniel Griner Jr. Source: Bridgeton Police