Philadelphia police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a mother, who was reportedly attacked in front of her six children. It happened at a holiday party on Wednesday, involving the 35-year-old woman and her 33-year-old male partner.
Police said the suspect had been heavily drinking and was combatively leading up to the attack. The man allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and began stabbing the female victim. The assault reportedly began inside and continued outside after the mother attempted to escape. The victim’s 14-year-old son tried to step in and disarm the man, but he was unsuccessful.
“The boyfriend of a 35-year-old woman was arrested by Philadelphia police officers after he allegedly fatally stabbed her and injured her 14-year-old son.
Police say a violent fight broke out between a 35-year-old woman and her 33-year-old boyfriend early Christmas morning in Philadelphia. The suspect had allegedly been drinking heavily during a family party when he began fighting with other guests.
According to police, the suspect grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the victim’s 14-year-old son in the thigh when he tried to disarm him.”
Police were called and the unidentified woman later died at the hospital.
“When police arrived at the location, they found a 35-year-old female laying on the highway. There was a 33-year-old man standing over her. He was positively identified by several juveniles inside the property.“
– Scott Small, Chief Inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department
Authorities said all six of the victim’s children, who were ages eight through 16, were witnesses and are being questioned. The 14-year-old who stepped in to help is receiving treatment for a non-life threatening stab wound to the leg.
“For this to happen early on Christmas morning, on a day that should be a family day, it just makes it that much more hard to conceive it,” added Small.