WOODBURY, N.J. — Prosecutors say a New Jersey woman who was beaten to death while house-sitting was killed by a burglar who used to live in the home as a foster child.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Wilson is charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Shawneeq Carter, whose body was found in the Woodbury home of an acquaintance on Sept. 23.

Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton says Wilson killed the victim after breaking in a day after his release from Bucks County jail, where he was held on drug charges.

Authorities said Carter was beaten to death with a piece of gym equipment. Carter’s father told WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that his daughter’s 5-year-old son found her body.

Wilson, of Paulsboro, is jailed in an unrelated case. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

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