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West Virginia Mother Accused of Fatally Stabbing Her 3-Month-Old Daughter. Then, Cops Say, She Knifed Herself in the Head.

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Jul. 15 2023, Published 2:08 p.m. ET

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A West Virginia mother has been indicted by a grand jury after she allegedly stabbed her 3-month-old daughter to death last year, according to authorities.

On Dec. 30, 2022, deputies responded to an apartment complex after receiving a call from a woman stating there was “blood all over," WCHS-TV reported.

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At the scene, officers reportedly saw a woman “kneeling in front of the couch with a lifeless infant in her arms,” authorities said. Another adult woman was covered in blood nearby.

Police said they were able to locate a butcher knife.

One of the two woman, 32-year-old Krista Brunecz, and her child were transported to a nearby hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. Brunecz allegedly told officials that she “stabbed her baby and then herself,” WCHS-TV reported. When asked if she had intended to kill her baby and then herself, Brunencz responded “yes.”

Police noted that the 3-month-old victim’s clothes had “several holes in the shirt and chest area” that seemed to have been made by a knife.

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An autopsy on the victim showed the little girl sustained wounds to her lungs and heart and died from “several stab wounds to the chest,” WCHS-TV reported.

According to court documents, Brunecz allegedly texted her mother a photo of herself with the victim, who had blood all over her body.

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On July 10, the Lewis County Grand Jury convened and announced Brunecz was charged with one count of murder and one count of death of a child by parent, guardian or custodian or other person by child abuse, according to the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Brunecz remains in custody at the Central Regional Jail.


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