Freetown Police Locate Missing Two-Year-Old After Alleged Attempted Murder
FREETOWN (1420 WBSM) — A woman has been arrested for attempted murder after an alleged stabbing in Freetown followed by a successful search effort to find a missing two-year-old girl.
According to Freetown Police, they received a call at about 8:22 p.m. on Friday, December 16 from a resident reporting that their neighbor was at their door, covered in blood.
Officers arrived at the scene and identified the woman as Angelleah Duarte, 25.
“Preliminary information revealed that she had been involved in a stabbing at a nearby home,” police said.
When police arrived at that home, they said they discovered a 56-year-old victim suffering from a stab wound to the face. According to police, the victim said Duarte was responsible for the stabbing and had fled the home with a two-year-old child.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, as was Duarte, and police began searching the area for the child. The Freetown Police K-9 unit, the Freetown Fire Department, and search and rescue teams from the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council all assisted in the search, and a reverse 911 call was placed to Freetown residents.
“At approximately 10:57 p.m., a police drone equipped with a thermal camera located the child in a wooded area and the operator directed nearby K-9 officers to her location,” police said. “Considering the child’s prolonged exposure to the rain and cold temperature, she was transported via Lakeville ambulance to a nearby hospital.”
Duarte was then arrested upon her release from the hospital and faces charges of attempted murder and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. She is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Fall River Justice Center on Monday.