Woman indicted for suffocating husband & trying to kill kids

A grand jury today indicted an Elmwood Park woman who authorities said suffocated her invalid husband and then tried killing her 15-year-old daughter with the same plastic bag — with her younger son next in line.

Grand jurors in Hackensack returned the indictment today against Jennifer Tran, accusing her of two counts of attempted murder, as well. Prosecutors said she’d planned to kill her 10-year-old son after her daughter.

Tran is also charged in the indictment with endangering and terroristic threats.

Investigators believe Jennifer Tran had been planning this “for some time” and that “the 10-year-old was next,” Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

Ming Trung Tran, 50, had just returned from a week in a nursing home after suffering a stroke several months ago when police were called to the Elmwood Park family’s house. There, they said, they found Tran dead on his bed.

From the start, Molinelli said 47-year-old Jennifer Tran’s motives weren’t pure. She had threatened harm in the past, authorities said, and this time followed through by suffocating him with a plastic bag, then turning on their eldest child.

The girl fought off her mother, then she and her younger brother ran to a neighbor’s house, where he used a phone to call a relative, authorities said. That person notified police, they said.


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