A Bronx man allegedly stabbed his pregnant Army veteran fiancée and stole her phone so she couldn't get help, leading to the unborn child's death.
Oscar Alvarez, 30, was arrested a few hours after the Tuesday attack and charged with murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the New York Post.
The fiancée, 30-year-old Liv Abreu, was around 20 weeks pregnant. The former Army Airborne parachutist survived the stabbing but her child did not.
The couple got into an argument in their third-floor apartment around midnight Tuesday, and Alvarez allegedly stabbed Abreu many times in the chest and also the side, according to the New York Daily News.
He didn't get help for her but instead cleaned himself up for about an hour, changing into new clothes. Then he left, taking her cell phone and car keys with him.
Abreu crawled to a neighbor's house for help. She was transported to a hospital.
Alvarez allegedly stole Abreu's jeep, but he ditched it near the apartment and eventually surrendered to police near Yankee Stadium.
He told police Abreu was accidentally stabbed seven times, according to the New York Daily News. Then he stopped talking and asked for a lawyer.
In court Tuesday night, Bronx Assistant DA Gregory Desire said Alvarez’s actions were vicious.
“The defendant is said to have viciously stabbed the witness,” he said, according to the Post. “Furthermore, the defendant made a statement to the NYPD in which he admitted to the stabbing the complaining witness, left her inside and then stated, 'I changed my clothes and left in the car.'"
Police said they believe Alvarez is the father of the child, but he got angry because he thought Abreu could be cheating on him.
A judge denied Alvarez bail.
Abreu’s older brother, Juan Carlos Abreu, said the family was "devastated."
"We were really excited about meeting the baby. That’s one thing we’re not going to be able to recover," he told the Post.
“My sister is a warrior," she said. "She survived Afghanistan, she can survive this."