A Santa Monica woman has been charged with stabbing a Los Feliz woman and killing her unborn child in the Los Feliz community in October, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Northeast Community police said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney charged Victoria Nadine Caldwell-Later, 35, Monday, December 5th, with one count of murder of a human fetus and one count of attempted murder of the mother of the fetus, said Jane Robison, district attorney spokeswoman.
Caldwell-Later pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court Monday, December 5th. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday, December 15th.
LAPD Northeast Community police arrested Caldwell-Later at about 7 a.m. Thursday, December 1st, in the 1800 block of 18th Street in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica, said Detective P.J. Morris, LAPD Northeast Community homicide coordinator.
Police served a search warrant for the 18th Street residence and arrested Caldwell-Later for allegedly stabbing Elizabeth Aspiras, 32, outside her home in the 3700 block of Los Feliz Boulevard in the Los Feliz area early October 13th, Morris said.
Caldwell-Later allegedly stabbed the pregnant Aspiras with a “stabbing instrument” several times in the abdominal area and fled, Morris said.
Aspiras was taken to a Los Feliz area hospital where she was treated for multiple stab wounds to her upper and mid-body.
She survived, but her 23-week-old unborn fetus was delivered by Cesarean section and later pronounced dead as a result of the injuries, police said.
A subsequent investigation and interviews led police to identify Caldwell-Later as the suspect in the alleged stabbing, Morris said. Morris said police believe Caldwell-Later and Aspiras “knew of each other by association,” but the two women had never met before the alleged stabbing.
“The investigation and the interviews that have taken place have led us to believe that it was not random,” Morris said of the incident.
Although police have determined a possible motive for the alleged stabbing of Aspiras, they are not revealing the information at this time, Morris said.
Several uniformed officers from the LAPD Northeast division went to the 18th Street residence December 1st, where Caldwell-Later was reportedly staying, he said.
She was alone at the time and was arrested without incident.
Evidence was recovered at the Santa Monica residence and police had also obtained some evidence from the scene of the stabbing incident, police said.
A search warrant was also issued for a residence in the 1100 block of Ozone Street in Santa Monica, but the search has not been conducted.
Caldwell-Later was taken to the LAPD 77th Street women’s detention center, where she is currently being held on $1 million bail.