"We got him!" declared Charles Webster, a spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office announcing that a neighbor was arrested and charged in the murder of 11-year-old Abbiegail "Abbie" Smith.
"I was at a loss of words; I couldn't even breathe", Stephens, a 36-year-old nursing assistant, said of learning of the death of AbbieGail "Abbie" Smith, who was found stabbed to death Thursday behind the apartment she lived in with her mother. Erazo is expected to make a court appearance on Friday afternoon, around 1:30pm. At 8:50 p.m., she was reported missing by her mom.
Due to the ongoing investigation, police would not speak about a motive or if the suspect knew Abbiegail, nor would they say if any sexual abuse occurred.
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The Monmouth County prosecutor's office says Erazo lived in an upstairs apartment.
"You killed my daughter, my one and only daughter", she was quoted as saying by the Asbury Park Press.
Police arrived at the Hancock Arms Apartment complex at around 5 a.m. Thursday to look for Smith.
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An 18-year-old has been charged with the murder of 11-year-old Abigail Smith.
A cause of death has not yet been determined and authorities do not believe Smith's family was involved in her disappearance or death.
"I spoke to the loved ones of Abbiegail Smith. They all are, but especially when it involves a child", said Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, who called the slaying "one of the worst crimes" he's ever seen.
Abbie was a student at Bolger Middle School, where she was remembered as a "wonderful young girl", Keansburg School District's superintendent, John Niesz, said in a letter. "They did ask me to convey to the public and the media that what they want out of this is justice, and it's my job and my staff's job to do the best at delivering that for them".More news: De Mistura: Direct Syrian Talks in Upcoming Rounds
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