Mother-to-be stabbed; baby de­liv­ered but fails to sur­vive

Screams for help awak­ened neigh­bors

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY AN­DREA NO­BLE

Neigh­bors said they knew some­thing bad had hap­pened when they awoke to the sounds of fu­ri­ous bang­ing and screams com­ing from the third-floor hall­way of their South­east Washington apart­ment build­ing early Thurs­day.

One woman said she opened the door to her home and saw her neigh­bor, eight months preg­nant, bleed­ing on the floor.

The woman, a mother of three, had been stabbed. Other peo­ple, roused by the com­mo­tion, emerged from their apart­ments. Some­one called 911. The vic­tim told them she had been sleep­ing, her 1-year-old child on her chest, when a man in a black hoodie en­tered her home and at­tacked her. She ran out of the apart­ment and pounded on her neigh­bors’ doors for help.

The woman, who is ex­pected to re­cover from the in­juries to her stom­ach, was not iden­ti­fied by po­lice. She was rushed to a hospi­tal. Her child, de­liv­ered Thurs­day morn­ing, did not sur­vive. She named him Kuron Rashad Hunt. D.C. po­lice through­out the day stopped short

of say­ing a killing had oc­curred. They orig­i­nally said that an un­born baby had died as a re­sult of an ap­par­ent at­tack.

Later in the day, of­fi­cers is­sued a news re­lease in­di­cat­ing that the boy died af­ter he was de­liv­ered. But of­fi­cials said they would await the re­sults of an au­topsy by the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice to de­ter­mine whether or not the death would be clas­si­fied as a homi­cide. They said in­ves­ti­ga­tors found no signs of forced en­try in­side the apart­ment.

Out­side the build­ing, in the 4200 block of Ninth Street South­east, neigh­bors said Thurs­day af­ter­noon that they were shocked that a mother of three chil­dren would be at­tacked in her home.

“Ev­ery­one is sur­prised that this hap­pened in the com­mu­nity,” said Stephen Slaugh­ter, an Ad­vi­sory Neigh­bor­hood Com­mis­sion mem­ber who vis­ited the apart­ment com­plex, which is nes­tled among rows of town houses and other small apart­ment build­ings around the Washington Highlands neigh­bor­hood.

The woman is a stay-ath­ome mom who lived in the apart­ment with her boyfriend and her three chil­dren, neigh­bors said. The boyfriend was not home at the time of the at­tack, neigh­bors said. Two chil­dren’s bi­cy­cles — one red and one pink — were on the bal­cony of the apart­ment.

“She’s a very good, de­voted mother,” said Cyn­thia Spe­nard, a neigh­bor who lives a floor be­low the vic­tim.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras face the park­ing lot be­hind the apart­ment com­plex. Neigh­bors said an­other cam­era in­side the build­ing faces the front door, and they are hopeful that one of the cam­eras cap­tured an im­age of the at­tacker. A build­ing man­ager was seen dash­ing into the com­plex to re­trieve sur­veil­lance footage as the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion dragged into the evening.

One woman, who spoke anony­mously in part out of fear that an at­tacker could be at large, noted that a key is re­quired to ac­cess the main en­trance to the build­ing. She said she was among those who called 911 af­ter find­ing the preg­nant woman in the hall­way.

She won­dered how the at­tacker got in­side.

“We are try­ing to fig­ure out how some­body got in here,” she said. “Those doors are not left wide open. It’s only open if the chil­dren are play­ing out here and par­ents are out­side.”

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