Freetown stabbing suspect set to go for mental evaluation, arraignment rescheduled

Freetown court (WLNE)

FREETOWN, Mass. (WLNE) — The suspect involved a Freetown stabbing, that sparked the search for her 2-year-old daughter, went before a judge Monday for the first time.

Angel-Leah Duarte is accused of stabbing a 61-year-old in the face and then taking off with her 2-year-old daughter on Friday.

Duarte appeared in court in Fall River on Monday in handcuffs, looking down the entire time.

On Friday, police responded to a call for a woman covered in blood. Police learned the victim was stabbed in the face by her son’s girlfriend after a dispute.

Officers then tried to locate Duarte, who lives next door to the victim, but she was missing along with the toddler.

About an hour after a search was launched, Duarte was found naked on a person’s porch.

When asked where her daughter was she responded, “I don’t know.”

Hours later, the toddler was located in the woods by drone technology and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Duarte has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted murder
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault and battery on someone 60 years or older
  • Abandonment of a child under 10

The per-arraignment hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday.

Duarte is being held on bail, and pending a mental health evaluation.

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