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Prosecutors: NJ Woman Fatally Stabs Mom During Domestic Dispute

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What to Know

  • A woman who fatally stabbed her mother during an argument at their northern New Jersey home has been charged with murder, authorities said
  • Malika Jones, 22, also faces two weapons counts stemming from the slaying in Rahway, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday
  • Rahway police responding to reports of a domestic dispute found Inell Jones, 57, in the family's home around 3 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, and her daughter was soon taken into custody

A woman who fatally stabbed her mother during an argument at their northern New Jersey home has been charged with murder, authorities said.

Malika Jones, 22, also faces two weapons counts stemming from the slaying in Rahway, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday. Jones remains in custody pending a detention hearing, and it wasn't known if she's retained an attorney.

Convictions on criminal charges like the one she is facing are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison, according to prosecutors.

Rahway police responding to reports of a domestic dispute found Inell Jones, 57, in the family's home around 3 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, and her daughter was soon taken into custody.

Authorities have not said what the two women were arguing about.

The investigation is ongoing.

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