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Complaints were filed Saturday morning charging Tasneem Diwan (DOB 2.16.70) with the murder of her mother-in-law, 73-year-old Safia Diwan, earlier this week in East Windsor.

Tasneem Diwan is charged with one count of murder, one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon.

Diwan was observed late Friday evening in the bus terminal area of the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City. She was detained by security officers and Atlantic City police. Members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the East Windsor Township Police Department transported Diwan back to the area and continued the investigation.

According to the complaints, on January 26, 2016, Diwan struck her mother-in-law in the head numerous times with an unknown object in the Mozart Court home where they lived together.

East Windsor police responded to the residence just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving a 911 call. Upon arrival, police found the victim lying deceased in a front office. An autopsy indicated the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The charges are a result of an investigation by prosecutor’s Detective Eric Hastings, the MCHTF and the East Windsor Township Police Department. Bail was set at $1 million cash or bond by Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier. There is no scheduled court date at this time.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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