The 15-year-old girl who died in an Edgewood stabbing Saturday night was identified by police Monday, and the connection between her alleged killer and the girl’s mother was detailed.
Melay Hernandez, 15, was killed in a stabbing which occurred in the 100 block of Reider Court in Edgewood Saturday night, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Kyle Andersen. Also injured in the attack was her mother, Maria Hernandez, 39, and her sister, also 15; the surviving youth’s name is not being released.
Ivan Bustamante, 21, of the 800 block of High Plain Drive in Bel Air was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the stabbings. Bustamante’s father was dating the girls’ mother, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler, but the motive for his alleged actions is still under investigation.
Bustamante is charged with first- and second-degree murder, two counts each of attempted first- and second-degree murder, and two counts each of first- and second-degree assault. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in Harford County District Court.