Suspect in Custody After Pregnant Mom Fatally Stabbed

Joseph Lester

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Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer posted on Twitter that the suspect believed to have fatally stabbed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and then taken her 9-month-old daughter is in custody and the baby has been recovered.

Authorities say a pregnant woman was found fatally stabbed in a Tacoma suburb..

The News Tribune reports neighbors say a man dropped the 21-year-old victim off Monday evening at a duplex. They say she yelled, "He's killing me" as she got out of the vehicle.

The woman, whom authorities did not immediately identify, died in the kitchen of the home.

The woman's says a 2-year-old son inside the home was not hurt. He has been placed in protective custody.

The newspaper says court records indicate Lester has been convicted of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.