A mother of four was arrested Monday after allegedly stabbing her mother to death inside her Clovis home, Clovis police said.
The suspect's four children were inside the home on the 1600 block of Fowler Avenue, south of Clovis High School, at the time of the stabbing but were unhurt, police said.
The suspect was identified as Angelica Hadley, 40. Her mother was identified as Maria Arellano, 64, who had been visiting.
Police could not pinpoint the exact time of the stabbing, but said they were called to the home about 9 p.m. Sunday because Hadley was reported missing. Hadley returned home about 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe Hadley and her mother may have had an argument that led to the fatal stabbing.
Police arrived about 10:30 a.m. Monday to find the victim dead inside the home after getting a call about a possible homicide. She had been stabbed multiple times. Police also found the four girls, ages 3 to 9, who were in their rooms and unhurt. The girls have been turned over to Fresno County Children and Family Services.
Hadley was detained just outside the house about 11:40 a.m. Monday. She was walking north on Fowler Avenue, saw the crime tape and police cars, and turned and ran, police said. Officers stopped her near Keats Avenue as she was heading south.
Hadley was expected to be booked into Fresno County Jail on Monday night on one count of murder and four counts of child endangerment.
Hadley's ex-husband, Carlos Villafuerte, owns the home. He said his ex-wife had been living in the house with her four children after a falling out with her new husband.
One of the children, a 9-year-old girl, is Villafuerte's daughter. He said police told him she was doing well Monday night.
Hadley had been living in the house for less than two years, he said. Her mother had been visiting from Los Angeles, Villafuerte said.
Residents said they were shocked to hear about the stabbing in their normally tranquil neighborhood.
"I was surprised," said Pete Carrisosa, who has lived in his home for 33 years. "It's always quiet around here."
The stabbing was the first murder in Clovis since September, when a man stabbed his mother in an apartment near Villa and Barstow avenues. There were two murders last year, and both were domestic in nature.