Jersey City woman charged for concealing human remains long after death of 78-year-old mom


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit charged a Jersey City woman with concealing the remains of a 78-year-old woman who was found deceased in her Arlington Avenue apartment Saturday night following a call for a welfare check.

On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at approximately 8:18 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to 415 Arlington Avenue on a welfare check for one of the fourth floor occupants. A 53-year-old woman had barricaded herself in the apartment and would not allow officers to access the unit for three hours.

At approximately 11:24 p.m., the woman opened the door and allowed the Jersey City Police Department to gain access to the apartment where they found a lifeless 78-year-old woman, presumed to be the mother of the defendant – Dorothy Gatling. The victim was pronounced deceased at 11:47 p.m. and is believed to be deceased for an extended period of time.

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Cheryl Gatling, age 53, of Jersey City, has been charged with Concealing Human Remains in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:22-1(a)1, a crime of the second-degree; Possession of Weapon (Knife) for Unlawful Purposes in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d, a crime of the third-degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Knife) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, a crime of the fourth-degree; and Terroristic Threats in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(b), a crime of the third-degree.