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New Jersey mother is charged with murder after ‘stabbing her 5-month-old daughter to death’ 


Kristhie Alcazar (pictured), 26, was arrested Friday night after she allegedly stabbed her five-month-old daughter to death

A New Jersey woman was charged with murder after she allegedly stabbed her five-month-old daughter to death.

Kristhie Alcazar, 26, was arrested Friday night after police responded to her Penns Grove home and found her infant daughter dead after having suffered multiple stabs wounds to her chest.

Investigators recovered several knives from within the house, as well as other undisclosed evidence.

Neighbors said the incident was shocking, claiming that Alcazar appeared to be a ‘good mother’ and was rumored to be suffering from post-partum depression.

‘She seemed like such a good mom, but they said she had post-partum and I have no idea what that’s like so I can’t judge,’ a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS 3.

‘I lived next to her for two and a half years, so it’s a shock to me,’ echoed Arthur Edge, who lived next door to Alcazar. 

Police say the baby’s death has been ruled a homicide as a result of multiple stab wounds. Alcazar is currently being held in Salem County Jail on charges of murder and a weapons offense. 

Police responded to Alcazar's Penns Grove home late Friday night and found her infant daughter dead after having suffered multiple stabs wounds to her chest

Police responded to Alcazar’s Penns Grove home late Friday night and found her infant daughter dead after having suffered multiple stabs wounds to her chest

Investigators recovered multiple knives from the within the house, as well as other undisclosed evidence

Investigators recovered multiple knives from the within the house, as well as other undisclosed evidence

Officers responded to Alcazar’s apartment on Helms Cove Lane Friday night after receiving an ‘open 911 call with audible disturbance in the background’.

When authorities arrived on scene they found Alcazar arguing with another person as the infant’s body lay nearby.

‘The lady’s mom was over there screaming, and I knew something was wrong,’ the unidentified neighbor said.

She added: ‘The EMS went in there and when they came out and left I knew the baby was dead because they would’ve transported her.’ 

Alcazar was then handcuffed and taken into custody. 

The child’s father was not home at the time of the stabbing and, according to police, no other individuals were injured during the incident.  

Neighbors said the incident was shocking, claiming that Alcazar appeared to be a 'good mother' who was rumored to be suffering from post-partum depression

Neighbors said the incident was shocking, claiming that Alcazar appeared to be a ‘good mother’ who was rumored to be suffering from post-partum depression

Community members claim the incident has caused a shockwave throughout the neighborhood. A candle and stuffed animal have been placed on the front porch in remembrance of the child

Community members claim the incident has caused a shockwave throughout the neighborhood. A candle and stuffed animal have been placed on the front porch in remembrance of the child

Community members claim the incident has caused a shockwave throughout the neighborhood.

A candle and stuffed animal have been placed on the front porch in remembrance of the child. 

‘It touches home cause I got grandkids and all that,’ Edge told ABC 6. ‘I know the father and the mother, so you know we just got to be here for each other from here on out, and hopefully, this type of stuff stops happening, hopefully.’

‘It’s sad. It hurts. A baby,’ neighbor Jose Quiles added. ‘Especially a baby. It really hurts.’ 

Authorities are investigating the incident. 

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 935-7510 or the Penns Grove Police Department at (856) 299-0056.

Arthur Edge, who lived next door to Alcazar for the past two years, said the incident was shocking: 'I know the father and the mother, so you know we just got to be here for each other from here on out, and hopefully, this type of stuff stops happening, hopefully'

Arthur Edge, who lived next door to Alcazar for the past two years, said the incident was shocking: ‘I know the father and the mother, so you know we just got to be here for each other from here on out, and hopefully, this type of stuff stops happening, hopefully’

Another neighbor said the situation 'hurts'

Another neighbor said the situation ‘hurts’



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