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Alicia Renae Williams, 32

Alicia Renae Williams, a 32-year-old black woman, died Monday, April 4, after she was stabbed in the 5200 block of Pendleton Avenue in South Gate, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

South Gate Police officers were called to the residence about 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, regarding a spousal assault. When officers arrived, they discovered Williams and her 6-month-old daughter suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez. 

Williams was still conscious when officers arrived, Hernandez said. She told the officers that her husband became violent while they were arguing and began stabbing her while she was holding their baby. As the two adults struggled, the husband allegedly stabbed the baby as well, Hernandez said. 

The mother and her child were taken to a nearby hospital, where Williams was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m. the next day, according to coroner’s records. The baby survived and was released to a relative’s care on Monday, April 11, Hernandez said.

The husband, Felton Ladell Humphries Jr., a 29-year-old black man, was arrested by officers a short time after the stabbing, Hernandez said. The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau was called in to investigate the stabbing after Williams died, he said. 

Humphries was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, Hernandez said, but after his wife died, he was charged on April 5 with murder, attempted murder, obstructing a peace officer and interfering with a police animal. He was arraigned that same day and pleaded not guilty, according to a spokeswoman from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 

His next court appearance, to set a date for his preliminary hearing, was scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, in Department J of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Norwalk Courthouse. He is being held in lieu of $2-million bail. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call  Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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