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Texas Man Accused of Murdering Unborn Child After Stabbing Pregnant Wife 20 Times

By Alan Cheung

A 22-year-old man from Pasadena faces murder charges after allegedly stabbing his pregnant wife and unborn child to death on Aug. 3, according to police.

Alex Guajardo reportedly admitted to targeting the unborn child when he stabbed Caitlynne Guajardo, who was 16-weeks pregnant, in order to stop another man from raising his child, KHOU reported.

According to a GoFundMe account, the unborn child is the couple’s second; their first child is an 8-month-old baby girl.

The account was opened to help with the memorial and burial services for Caitlynne, her unborn child, and the surviving daughter.

Guajardo Calls 911

Police arrived at 1911 Southmore Ave, Pasadena, after Alex called 911 at around 4 p.m., Click2Houston reported.

They reported that Alex walked out of the apartment covered in blood and admitted that he had murdered his wife.

Upon investigating the apartment, they found Caitlynne with approximately 20 stab wounds—several were found on her torso and one in her throat.

Medics attempted to revive her with CPR and transported her to the hospital where she was declared dead, ABC 13 reported.

Alex Accused of Killing Their Cat

Before the alleged murder, 22-year-old Alex was released from jail on a bond after allegedly killing the couple’s cat and hitting his 20-year-old wife in the face.

This incident reportedly occurred on July 31.

When the authorities arrived that day, Caitlynne told them that Alex had hit her in the face.

Neighbors told ABC 13 that they had heard screaming upstairs in the apartment complex, but the conflict continued to escalate.

“He stabbed something, put it in a dumpster and that’s when the police came,” Rineo Cavillo told ABC. “She called them and they went in the dumpster and pulled out a bag. She called them and I think that’s what escalated to this.”

Court documents said that Alex was not supposed to be near his wife due to a protective order, ABC 13 reported.

Domestic Violence

Anyone affected by domestic violence, including friends and family members concerned about a loved one, can receive confidential help, advice, information, or crisis intervention by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visiting the website thehotline.org, which offers a live chat service.

More than 12 million people in the United States victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner—24 people per minute, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

“One in 4 women (24.3 percent) and 1 in 7 men (13.8 percent) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime,” it reported.

Intimate Partner Violence

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence affects millions of people in the United States each year. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as violence or aggression that occurs in a close relationship, usually perpetrated by current and former spouses and dating partners.

“IPV can vary in frequency and severity and occurs on a continuum, ranging from one episode that might or might not have lasting impact, to chronic and severe episodes over a period of years,” the agency said.

The behavior can fall into four categories, which are physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression.

The CDC said it considers IPV “a significant public health issue that has considerable societal costs.”