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Suspect in killing of woman and toddler arrested in New York

A 34-year-old man suspected in the slayings of his 3-year-old daughter and her mother in Alexandria was arrested Thursday night in New York, police said.

Simon Bahta Asfeha of Alexandria is accused of slitting the throats of Seble G. Tessema, 27, and their daughter. They were found dead April 11 in an apartment in the 300 block of South Reynolds Street by officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Police identified Asfeha as a suspect soon after the killings, but could not immediately locate him. Alexandria police spokesman Jody Donaldson said a tipster contacted New York police and told them where Asfeha was staying. The New York authorities, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested Asfeha.

Donaldson said warrants have been issued charging Asfeha with two counts of murder.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  April 30, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
Categories:  Alexandria , Maria Glod  
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This is one of the saddest things I've ever read.

May Seble G. Tessema and her 3-year-old daughter (the Post doesn't bother to give her name) rest in peace.

Posted by: tcal02 | April 30, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

About the comment regarding the victims and perpetrator being immigrants: to my maternal grandmother you ALL are immigrants. It's a tired lament, buddy. Let it go.

Posted by: Dawa_Lhatso | May 1, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

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