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'It's been escalating': Mother stabbed to death during domestic fight, police say

Police said they received a call about a domestic dispute at the home earlier in the night; however, officers did nothing at that time.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after a mother of two was stabbed to death in the Reedy Creek area of northeast Charlotte early Tuesday. 

CMPD said a woman, identified as 35-year-old Aliyah Sakinah Terry, was found after she was stabbed on Gold Pan Road just off the Plaza Road Extension around 3 a.m. According to CMPD, officers received a call at that same home late Monday night for a domestic dispute. When officers got to the home, they spoke to a woman who told them no crime was committed. 

"Earlier in the evening, approximately four hours earlier, CMPD received a 911 call from this location regarding a verbal dispute between two parties," a CMPD spokesperson said. "Officers spoke to a female on the scene, there was no male present. Officers were told by the female that no crime had been committed."

Police said the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Isaih Andrew Henderson III, then came back to the house and a fight led to the deadly stabbing. Detectives at the scene said identified Henderson as the suspect but no arrests have been made.  

A neighbor told NBC Charlotte's Richard DeVayne they believe the woman's live-in ex-boyfriend is the suspect. She said neighbors were concerned about the victim's well-being. 

"He has been trying to be controlling of her, like stealing her keys so she can't leave the house," the woman said. "Yesterday, we were on the phone together and she said, 'he's about to snatch my phone,'  and it took me hours to be able to get in contact with her. It's been escalating."

The victim's ex-husband, who is the father of her two children, arrived at the home after police notified him of what happened. 

This is Charlotte's 59th homicide in 2019. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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