A 26-year-old Salem County mother has been charged with allegedly stabbing her infant daughter to death, county prosecutors.
Kristhie I. Alcazar of Penns Grove was arrested and faces a murder charge, prosecutors said.
Penns Grove police arrived at Alcazar’s home on Helms Cove Lane in the Penns Grove Gardens apartment complex late Friday in response to a 911 call about a disturbance in the back yard, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. They found Alcazar engaged in an argument with another person. They also found the body of the 5-month-old infant with stab wounds to the chest.
Detectives recovered evidence at the scene, including multiple knifes, according to prosecutors. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be homicide as a result of the stab wounds.
Nobody else was injured, prosecutors said. The child’s father was not at the home at the time of the incident.
Friday’s death is the latest in a string of horrific incidents to occur in the Penns Grove Gardens apartments.
In 2019, Tayshon M. Hayward, 26, tried to intervene in a dispute at the complex over stolen cash and was shot in the face. He later died. Ordale R. Telfair of Bridgeton was convicted of his murder in September.
Last year, estranged husband Eugenio Severino killed his wife, Ruth Esther Reyes de Severino, and two children, ages 5 and 2, at their home in the complex, according to prosecutors. The man then hanged himself in a nearby wooded area. Reyes’ family has filed a lawsuit against the apartment owners.
Prosecutors asked anyone with additional information about the latest incident to contact Detective Johnathan Seidel at the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office (856) 935-7510 or Detective Jesse Thorn at the Penns Grove Police Department (856) 299-0056.
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