Friday, December 27, 2019

33-year old man stabs his wife to death in front of their six children on Christmas day

Philadelphia authorities say that a man killed his wife and injured their teenage son during a wild stabbing attack witnessed by the couple's children on Christmas morning.

Police were called to the scene of the 5600 block of North Mascher Street in Olney just before 3.30am on Wednesday.

There they found the victim, 35, outside suffering from multiple stab wounds to the abdomen, WPVI reports. The woman was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.

When police arrived, they found the woman's husband standing over her. He was immediately taken into custody.

Officers then found the 14-year-old teen inside the home with stab wounds to his thigh. He has been taken to a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

Police believe that an altercation started inside the couple's home and spewed out onto the street.

The couple share six children that were inside the home and range from ages 8 to 16.

Authorities say that one of the children retrieved the murder weapon - a butcher knife with a 10-inch blade - and took it into the house to prevent any more injuries. The knife was found in a second floor bedroom.

The children identified the man as the stabbing suspect.

'(They) said the 33-year-old male stabbed the 35-year-old female inside the property, chased her outside, and continued to stab her when she was outside,' Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

All of the children were taken to police headquarters, where they were interviewed. 

'We believe all of them witnessed the incident, or at least part of the incident,' Small added.

The husband sustained cuts to his hands. He was taken to a hospital to be treated before he was taken to police headquarters.

It is believed that the man cut his own hands while stabbing his wife and the teen.