Des Moines Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing; 24th Homicide of 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa   --   One woman is dead and another is in custody following a stabbing on the south side of Des Moines early Sunday morning.

Police were called to 6504 Chaffee Road on a report of a stabbing at 1:14 a.m. on Sunday.  When they arrived, they found 30 -year-old Lakeisha McDuffy of Des Moines suffering from multiple stab wounds in a hallway.  She was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center by ambulance where she died.

A short time later, police arrested McDuffy's sister, 31-year-old Ieisha McDuffy of Chicago. She is charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Polk County Jail.

Ieisha McDuffy (WHO-HD)

"When we see random acts of violence where someone gets caught in the crossfire, those things make us angry, they make the community angry. However, when you see a situation where the victim and the suspect are both from within the same family, there is a lot of sadness that goes along with it because it rocks these families to the core," said Des Moines Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Investigators say two young children were home at the time of the incident. The Department of Human Services is now involved. Detectives are still working on the case to figure out a motive.

"I don’t think we’ve got a good grip on what the motive was. When it comes to motives, sometimes it's something we may never learn because someone has to tell us why they did something. We don’t get those explanations often," Sgt. Parizek said.

This is the 24th homicide investigation in Des Moines in 2017.