An Illinois mother and her son were stabbed in their home on Aug. 29, reports Fox St. Louis.
Police responded to a disturbance call in Swansea, Illinois, where they found a 9-year-old boy with three stab wounds, including a serious stab wound in his neck.
He told the officers his mother's boyfriend, 38-year-old Alvin Harris Jr., stabbed him. Police then found a woman with multiple stab wounds on the ground in a nearby parking lot, covered in blood.
Emergency personnel transported the woman, 38-year-old Sharetta L. Day, and her son to Belleville Memorial Hospital, where Day died.
Day's neighbor and friend, Staniece Luster, said she heard thumping noises and yelling that night, so she went next door to see what happened, notes STL Today. Day yelled that her boyfriend had cut her and to call the police.
While on the phone, she opened her door a crack and says she saw Day stumble away from the apartment.
“I saw blood everywhere,” Luster said. “I opened the door more, and he was standing here with a knife in his hand. He stood there with that weapon in his hands and just watched her.”
Luster said the dispatcher told her to protect herself and keep her door closed.
“It’s horrible,” she said. “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. I just cry. I feel like I should have done something, but I couldn’t.”
After a standoff at the apartment, officers convinced Harris to leave peacefully, and they arrested him.
“We are confident we have in custody the only suspect in this heinous crime,” a police spokeswoman said in a statement.
Harris, who has prior drug convictions, faces charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery to a child. He is in holding pending $1 million bail.
Approximately 30 family members and friends gathered at the apartment complex for a candlelit vigil on Aug. 30.
Erica Day, the victim's cousin said the boy was recovering.
“He’s doing physically OK but understandably his spirit is broken," she said.
Her cousin was well-loved and will be dearly missed, she added.
“Sharetta was like a light,” Erica said. “She shined on everybody.”