FREEHOLD – A Long Branch man accused of severely injuring his own infant daughter while physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend last month has been extradited back to New Jersey from Ohio and is now facing additional criminal charges, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Wednesday.
Byron M. Jovel-Barquero, 20, is charged with second-degree Aggravated Assault, second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Simple Assault, a disorderly persons offense.
An investigation by members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Long Branch Police Department determined that as a result of Jovel-Barquero physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her home, the victim’s child, a 4-month-old, also sustained serious injuries, resulting in hospitalization.
A little more than two weeks later, on Wednesday, September 6, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) arrested Jovel-Barquero without incident at a residence in Toledo, Ohio. He was then extradited back to New Jersey last week and lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending future court proceedings; the State has filed a motion to keep him detained as the case against him proceeds.
This case is being prosecuted by MCPO Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan of the Special Victims Bureau. Information about Jovel-Barquero’s legal representation was not immediately available.
Anyone with information about this or related matters is urged to contact MCPO Detective Dawn Correia at 800-533-7443.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.