A GoFundMe page has been started for the father of the 23-month-old whose remains were found Saturday and whose mother officials charged with murder.
The page identifies the father as Daniel Griner Sr. and describes him as a registered nurse working two jobs. The campaign had reached $7,300 of its $10,000 goal as of Thursday.
Attempts to reach Griner Sr. were unsuccessful.
Nakira M. Griner, 24, of Bridgeton, was charged Saturday with murder, endangering the welfare of a child, desecration of human remains and tampering with evidence in the death of Daniel Griner Jr. She told police she struck her son because he wouldn’t “eat nor listen to her,” according to the criminal complaint.
Griner initially reported her son had been abducted Friday night, leading to the launch of a child abduction search aided by city and State Police, prosecutors and bloodhounds from the New Jersey State Park Police.
The boy’s remains were found about 3 a.m. Saturday in the yard of Griner’s home in the first block of Woodland Drive. According to the complaint, the child’s burned and dismembered remains were found buried under a shed.
The investigation continues, but no additional arrests are expected, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Griner’s first court appearance was postponed Thursday to Tuesday morning. It was not known if she has retained an attorney.
Heather Wooton, who is listed as the GoFundMe page’s creator, stated in the post that she worked with Griner Sr. and she started the fundraiser to help him pay accrued expenses as well as for the care of his other son.
“The mother of his children killed their first born. I have no idea why. What I do know is he’s going to struggle with paying for things from here on out,” Wooton wrote.
Messages to Wooton were not returned.
Nakira Griner began posting wig reviews on YouTube three years ago. In a Facebook post last week, she mentioned her love for her husband.
“In love with him that’s why we have two beautiful children,” she wrote.
The Associated Press and Staff Writers Colton Shaw and Molly Bilinski contributed to this report.