Melanie Ann Cunningham, a 58-year-old white woman, was pronounced dead on Monday, Dec. 17, after she was fatally stabbed in the 15600 block of South Frailey Avenue in East Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Investigators were called to Cunningham's home after her longtime husband, Henry Cunningham, a 66-year-old black man, called the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division to report he had stabbed his wife, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Det. Kevin Acebedo.
Police officers took Henry into custody, and then called the sheriff's Homicide Bureau when they realized the case was in their jurisdiction, Acebedo said.
According to a news release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Cunningham and her 1-year-old granddaughter were asleep inside her bedroom when her husband grabbed a kitchen knife and slit her throat.
Henry Cunningham has been charged with one count ...