Cranford Woman Charged with Attempted Murder of Children


A Cranford woman has been charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident in which she allegedly set her vehicle on fire with two children inside last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes announced Tuesday.

Narcissa Zuber, 48, additionally is charged with aggravated arson and child endangerment. Zuber was arrested as she was discharged from a local hospital Friday and transferred to Union County Jail in lieu of $800,000 bail, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors John Esmerado and Robert Vanderstreet.

A joint investigation by the prosecutor’s office and the Troop E Criminal Investigation Office and the Arson Unit of the New Jersey State Police determined that Zuber allegedly set her minivan on fire along a section of the Garden State Parkway in Clark late last month. The children in the vehicle at the time were rushed to an area hospital for treatment of injuries; they since have been discharged and are continuing to recover.

The identity of the victims is not being disclosed due to their age, and the investigation into this incident remains active. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.