Man charged in Edgewood triple stabbing that killed girl, 15, held without bail

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Police arrest suspect in Edgewood triple stabbing that killed girl, 15

A 21-year-old Bel Air man charged in connection with a triple stabbing in Edgewood on Saturday night that left a 15-year-old girl dead was denied bail Monday.

District Judge David Carey ordered Ivan Enrique Molina Bustamante held in Harford County Detention Center without bond.

Bustamante, who appeared in District Court for his bail review hearing via video link from the jail, is charged with multiple counts of first- and second-degree murder, attempted murder and assault in the stabbing death of Melay Hernandez, 15, and the wounding of her twin sister, Lizabeth Hernandez, and the girls' mother, Maria Hernandez, according to charging documents.

Bustamante allegedly attacked the three at an Edgewood apartment about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Harford County sheriff's office.

Cpl. Warren Brooks of the sheriff's office said police arrested Bustamante about 11 a.m. Sunday about two miles from the crime scene on Reider Court. Investigators believe Bustamante's father had been in a relationship with Maria Hernandez, sheriff's office spokesperson Cristie Kahler said Monday.

Melay Hernandez was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where she was pronounced dead.

Maria Hernandez and Lizabeth Hernandez were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A spokeswoman for the center said Monday evening that the mother was in critical condition. The 15-year-old had been released, police said.

Melay Hernandez and her sister attended Edgewood High School, according to Jillian Lader, spokeswoman for Harford County's public schools. Lader said counselors and psychologists joined the school's staff Monday to speak with students and employees about the weekend incident.

"Her passing has affected all of us very deeply and our hearts go out to her family and to all of those who have been affected by her passing," Lader wrote about the teen's death in an email. "We will try to maintain as normal a routine and structure as the situation allows."

Assistant Public Defender Matthew Gravens, who represented Bustamante at the bail hearing, said Bustamante was a wrestler and football player while he attended Bel Air High School, and had been working as a cook and delivery driver for Domino's Pizza.

Bustamante will have a preliminary hearing in District Court on Dec. 4.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jessica Anderson and Yvonne Wenger contributed to this article.

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