Daughter of stabbed Fort Worth woman found safe in El Paso

FORT WORTH -- Authorities have tracked down an 8-year-old girl whose mother reported being stabbed more than 20 times Monday by the girl's stepmother, police said Thurday.

Sgt. Pedro Criado, Fort Worth police spokesman, said members of a U.S. Marshal's task force located the stepmother, the missing girl, and a second child, believed to belong to the stepmother, at the woman's residence in El Paso Wednesday night.

He said the stepmother, Nicole T. Martinez, 30 , was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The missing girl, Danylle Kristen Martinez, and the second child, both unharmed, are now with Child Protective Services, he said.

Criado said investigators learned the missing girl's father, who is stationed at Fort Bliss near El Paso, had been deployed to Iraq. He has joint custody of the girl.

The girl's mother, Brandy Martinez, 26, told police that the girl's stepmother, who lives in El Paso, showed up on her apartment doorstep about 10 p.m. Monday, dressed all in black and asking for additional clothes for Danylle. She was alone, Martinez told police.

Once inside the apartment, Martinez told police, the woman began cutting her, mainly in the head area, with a pocketknife she'd brought and then with a butcher knife from Martinez's kitchen. Criado said a police report indicates that Martinez was cut 16 to 20 times and that some of the cuts were defensive wounds.

Witnesses told police they saw the stepmother flee the complex in the 2400 block of Tosoro Circle and jump over a fence. Criado said investigators were preparing an arrest warrant for her.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655