North Hollywood Man Arrested After Allegedly Fatally Stabbing 13-Month-Old Daughter, Setting Apartment Ablaze

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The charred remains of an apartment fire in North Hollywood are seen on Oct. 22, 2016. (Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times)

Manuel Velazquez was inside his North Hollywood apartment early Friday afternoon when he heard screaming. Velazquez, 64, walked outside and saw his next-door neighbor holding her 13-month-old daughter.

Velazquez said the woman told him her boyfriend had gone “crazy” and stabbed the child. Velazquez then noticed a fire coming from the apartment.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Stephen Carmona said Saturday that the man, Noe Torres, 28, stabbed his daughter about 11 a.m. in front of family, then set a small fire inside the apartment. Torres, who had been burned, then jumped out a back window. When police arrived, a kitchen knife was still in his body.

Torres, who also had a knife in his waistband, refused to comply with officer’s commands, Carmona said. After using a Taser and bean bag rounds, police were able to subdue Torres, Carmona said. Torres was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held on $1 million bail, according to online records.

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