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Police on Saturday identified the woman fatally stabbed in a Mesa home Friday with her three children inside as 28-year-old Viridiana Gonzalez-Saavedra, who was three months pregnant.
Police arrested her husband, 25-year-old Gustavo Alejandro Ruiz Lamar, on suspicion of two counts of second-degree homicide.
Police received a call from Gonzalez-Saavedra’s crying 10-year-old daughter just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, Mesa police spokesman Detective Steve Berry said.
The child told police that her parents were fighting and asked for help, Berry said.
Officers arrived and called the child out of the residence. She then told them that her mother was injured inside.
Officers found Gonzalez-Saavedra dead inside the residence with an unknown number of stab wounds, Berry said.
While they checked the residence, officers heard crying children and discovered a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old in a separate room, Berry said.
All of the children were unharmed and the Arizona Department of Child Safety was called to take the children.
While officers were at the scene, they received a call from Phoenix police saying that a man had called to turn himself in for involvement in the stabbing, Berry said.
Detectives determined that the man who called Phoenix police was Lamar, Berry said.
Later in the investigation, detectives learned that Gonzalez-Saavedra had been three months pregnant and then added the second homicide charge.
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