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12. Toddler's body found buried in yard
In a routine child neglect investigation in October, authorities discovered a toddler's body buried in the yard of Heather Kowalczik and Robert Rodriguez in Farmingdale. The body of the couple's 17-month-old child had been there for more than two years, officials said, and is being considered a homicide as investigators pursue the facts behind the case. The couple, who care for their two developmentally disabled children, reportedly had a troubled relationship. READ MORE

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Top 12 crime stories of 2012

These major crime stories made national headlines in 2012.