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.
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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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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