A New Jersey woman has been accused of fatally stabbing her 56-year-old mother in the home they shared, then fleeing to a hotel where she was later arrested.
Marisa Rivera, 23, is now facing charges of first-degree murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon in the death of her mother, Denise DeNapoli, according to a statement from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Investigators believe DeNapoli was stabbed to death around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the home she shared with her daughter at the Ramblewood Village Apartments.
After the stabbing, prosecutors said Rivera fled to a Route 73 hotel. She was later taken into custody Friday night at the hotel by the Mount Laurel Township police without incident.
DeNapoli’s body was discovered after police were asked by DeNapoli’s employer to do a welfare check at the home after the 56-year-old failed to show up for work Friday morning.
Investigators are now trying to determine a possible motive in the deadly attack.
The mother-daughter pair appear to be embracing one another in a picture posted to DeNapoli’s Facebook account in 2015. Under the picture reads the caption “Best Mom.”
Rivera is currently being held in the Burlington County Jail, according to The Cherry Hill Courier-Post.
She appeared Saturday in Superior Court in Mount Holly, People reports. Rivera has yet to enter a plea to the charges against her. Prosecutors now plan to prepare the case for a grand jury for a possible indictment.
Police have released no additional details about the about the death.
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