Connecticut man has been arrested for stabbing a pregnant woman in front of her children on new year's day.
a 31-year-old New Jersey resident who is 6 months pregnant, was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was stabbed multiple times in the neck by 18-year-old Naji Deneutte of Hamden.
According to police, a 911 call was made around 3:30 a.m. on January 1 from a woman reported she had been ‘ambushed’ in her driveway.
the victim was with her two children, nephew, and fiancé. She told police they were returning home from a relative’s house when Deneutte stabbed her in the neck, hitting her carotid artery.
Deneutte was trying to steal the woman’s car, Smith said. She was able to fend him off and he fled the scene.
"They responded to the scene and applied direct pressure to the victim’s neck. She was stabbed in the carotid artery and her artery was punctured," said Captain Ronald Smith of the Hamden Police Department.
Deneutte was arrested Thursday at his Hamden home. He faced charges including first-degree assault on a pregnant woman and was detained on $550,000 bond, police added.
The victim and the baby are expected to survive.