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‘Hard-working’ and ‘amazing’ mother of newborn infant fatally stabbed in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving

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Nov. 30 2021, Published 8:13 p.m. ET

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A young mother in Massachusetts who was looking forward to celebrating her first Thanksgiving with her newborn daughter was murdered on the holiday, authorities said.

On Nov. 24, 22-year-old Dejah Jenkins-Minus wrote on Facebook that her 2-month-old girl “will never need for anything” and she couldn’t “wait to celebrate her first thanksgiving tomorrow.”

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Two days later, on Nov. 26 around 10:45 a.m., police in Lowell conducting a wellbeing check at a home found Jenkins-Minus fatally stabbed, Boston’s WFXT reported.

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“I knew something was wrong,” the victim’s mother, Latoya Minus, told WBZ. “I didn’t know what, but I knew something was wrong.”

On Nov. 29, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office announced they took Leonard D. Robinson, 22, into custody in Boston and charged him with Jenkins-Minus’ murder in what they believe was a Thanksgiving Day attack.

The victim’s infant was later found unharmed.

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Police reportedly recovered a knife at the scene used in the homicide.

“She just graduated high school; she just had her daughter,” Jenkins-Minus’ childhood friend, Daavon Holiday, told WFXT of the “amazing goal-driven, hard-working mother that honestly would do anything to take care of her mother and herself and her child.”

“I’m lost, I’m hurt, I’m numb, I’m angry,” Minus said, adding, “I want justice for my baby and my grandbaby.”

The homicide investigation is ongoing.

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