Woman accused of stabbing 61-year-old, taking off with toddler

This is a file photo of Freetown police. (WLNE)

FREETOWN, Mass. (WLNE) — A woman is accused of stabbing a 61-year-old in the face and then taking off with her 2-year-old daughter.

Lt. Steven Abbott said they received a call just after 8 p.m. Friday from a resident who reported that a neighbor showed up to their door covered in blood.

It was determined that the neighbor, 25-year old Angel-Leah Duarte, was involved in a stabbing at a nearby home, Abbott said.

Officers then went to the home where the stabbing happened. There, they found the 61-year-old suffering from stab wounds.

The victim said Duarte was responsible for the stabbing and fled the home on foot with the toddler, said police.

The 61-year-old was then taken to a hospital for her injuries. Her condition was not immediately known.

Shortly after beginning their search for Duarte and the child, a resident alerted police to Duarte’s location. Her child was not with her.

Police, the Freetown Fire Department, a K-9 unit, rescue teams, and members of the community continued to search for the 2-year-old girl.

She was found just before 11 p.m. in a wooded area.

The 2-year-old was taken to a hospital because of her prolonged exposure to the rain and cold.

Police said Duarte was arrested after being discharged from the hospital. She was charged with attempted murder and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 19.

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