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Fort Worth girl found at stepmother's home in El Paso, police say

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

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 belonging to the stepmother at the woman's residence in El Paso on Wednesday night.

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

The missing girl, Danylle Kristen Martinez, and the second child were both unharmed, he said.

Criado said investigators learned that Danylle's father, who is stationed at Fort Bliss near El Paso and with whom the girl was supposed to be staying this summer, had been deployed to Iraq.

The girl's mother, Brandy Martinez, 26, told police that the girl's stepmother showed up at her Fort Worth apartment about 10 p.m. Monday dressed all in black and asking for additional clothes for Danylle.

Once inside the apartment, Martinez told police, the woman began stabbing her with a pocketknife she'd brought and then with a butcher knife from Martinez's kitchen. A police report indicated that Martinez was cut 16 to 20 times and that some of the cuts were defensive wounds.

She was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

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