Female Suspect Identified and Charged with Murder After Pregnant Woman's Fatal Stabbing in N.Y.C.: Police

"What's going through a 22-year-old's brain that you would perpetrate such a violent crime?" a city councilman tells PEOPLE


A 22-year-old Bronx woman faces a second-degree murder charge and three manslaughter charges after she allegedly fatally stabbed a pregnant woman to death in her home on Friday, New York City police said.

Ashleigh Wade is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of manslaughter and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said in a statement to PEOPLE Sunday.

Wade was arrested following an afternoon 911 call about a physical dispute at a residence on the 4400 block of Monticello Avenue, police said in a statement Saturday to PEOPLE.

The suspect’s address is the same as the scene of the stabbing, police said.

The victim, 22-year-old Angelikque Sutton, lived nearby, police said. She was discovered at the scene with “multiple stab wounds to the torso,” police said Saturday.

Sutton’s child survived the stabbing, a source told PEOPLE. Wade allegedly claimed the child was hers, the source said.

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The attack may have been the result of an attempted baby-snatching, as the child was cut from Sutton’s body, a local councilman told reporters on the scene, according to The New York Times and NBC New York.

Councilman Andy King described the community as “saddened” and “distraught” following the attack in a neighborhood that is peaceful and family-oriented, he tells PEOPLE.

The victim was strangled and then stabbed, King said, citing the investigation, according to the Associated Press.

“What’s going through a 22-year-old’s brain that you would perpetrate such a violent crime?” King tells PEOPLE.

“We’re still trying to connect those dots,” he says.

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