State V. Coder 3 Year Old’s Statements Admissible

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3 year old’s statements admissible under tender years exception to hearsay.  State v. Coder ___ NJ ___  (De...
3 year old’s statements admissible under tender years exception to hearsay.  State v. Coder ___ NJ ___  (Decided May 4, 2009) A-28-08   
	In defendant’s criminal trial on charges of sexual assault on a minor, the out-of-court statements by the victim – a three-year-old child – as testified to by her mother, were properly admitted because the statements were relevant and admissible under the tender years exception to the hearsay rule.  Additionally, because the child’s statements were not testimonial, they did not implicate the defendant’s Confrontation Clause right
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