Millville police

MILLVILLE — A 30-year-old city woman was charged with murder Monday after authorities say she stabbed the man she lived with with a nail clipper.

At 1:06 a.m. Sunday, city police and officers from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the Country Meadows mobile home park on Second Street for a report of a stabbing, Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a news release. There, officers found Axel Torres, 35, unresponsive with a knife wound to his left leg.

Officers gave Torres aid before emergency medical personnel arrived and took him to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Webb-McRae said.

Police learned that Torres and Kathleen Ayala, who live together, had gotten into a physical fight at the home, Webb-McRae said. At one point, Torres left and Ayala chased after him.

An altercation ensued, leaving Torres unconscious and with several stab wounds, including one to his leg, which authorities allege was inflicted by a nail clipper, according to the release.

According to court documents, Ayala told police she was responsible for the attack but only wanted to scare her husband and did not intend to physically harm him.

Torres was pronounced dead Monday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Ayala initially was charged with assault, but prosecutors announced Tuesday the count had been upgraded to murder following Torres’ death. She was taken to the Cumberland County jail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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