Jersey City resident Andrew Howard-French, 29, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Jan. 31 for the murder of 23-month-old Bryce Sparrow in 2018.
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Emergency Medical Services personnel, including Jersey City Fire Fighters, responded to 115 Van Wagenen Ave. in Jersey City on a report of an “overheated infant.”
The child, identified as Bryce Sparrow of Jersey City, was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short while later.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined Bryce’s death to be a homicide and Howard-French, Sparrow’s babysitter, was arrested on July 25 by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, charged with murder.
According to a release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the life sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires that Howard-French will have to serve 85 percent of 75 years — or 63 years and 9 months — before he is eligible for parole.
Howard-French was also sentenced to five years in state prison for endangering an injured victim which will run consecutively to his life sentence and on the count of endangering the welfare of a child, he was sentenced to 10 years in state prison to run concurrent to the life sentence
Following the two-week trial, a Hudson County jury deliberated approximately one-and-a-half days before returning the guilty verdict against Howard-French for these crimes in October 2019.
During the course of the trial, the State presented evidence establishing that the victim suffered multiple blunt force injuries resulting in his death.
The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Najma Rana from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.
The Honorable Patrick Arre presided over the matter.