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Grand jury adds charge against woman accused of killing pregnant sister-in-law

Elinor Indico

Elinor Indico

The woman accused of fatally stabbing her pregnant sister-in-law is facing a new charge accusing her of endangering her nephew by causing him to witness the death of his mother and unborn sibling.

Elinor Indico, 30, is a step closer to trial after an indictment today sent her case straight to Clark County District Court, added a new charge and prompted Judge Linda Bell to order Indico detained without bail.

Indico, 30, is charged with murder, manslaughter of an unborn child and, now, child abuse, neglect or endangerment in connection with the Oct. 16 death of Ashley Indico and her unborn child.

The new charge stems from trauma the incident may have cause Ashley Indico’s 5-year-old son, who was home at the time.

According to a Metro Police arrest report, during the time of the incident the boy knocked on his neighbor Stephanie Vasquez’s door and told her, “My mom is bleeding.”

Vasquez went to investigate but couldn’t get inside the boy’s home. Vasquez told police she heard Elinor Indico yelling and eventually moaning in ecstasy.

The arrest report indicates tension had been building in the Indico household prior to the incident that left Elinor Indico wounded and her sister-in-law dead.

Elinor Indico had been living with her brother’s family for about a month on the condition she stay off drugs and hold a job, according to the arrest report.

When she couldn’t manage to do either, her brother Aristeo Indico told her she’d need to move out by the end of that week.

Police found Ashley Indico, who was nine months pregnant, lying dead inside her home in the 2800 block of North Rancho Drive after responding to Elinor Indico’s 911 call.

The report indicates Ashley Indico’s 3-year-old daughter also was home during the incident.

When Elinor Indico opened the door for officers, they found the entrance of the home drenched in blood and were shown two stab wounds on Elinor Indico, according to the police report. She was taken to University Medical Center.

“It seems like a pretty solid case of self-defense. I think we’re going to be able to show that the decedent stabbed Elinor first, several times,” said Deputy Public Defender Norman Reed. “There is a lot more back story to the case.”

In an interview after the incident, Elinor Indico told detectives her sister-in-law had gone “stab crazy,” and she broke down crying when officers told her Ashley Indico had died, according to the police report.

“Obviously she is very emotional,” Reed said of his client. “She’s never been in jail before. She’s scared out of her mind.”

Elinor Indico’s fiancé and mother are supporting her, Reed said.

“Her mother is in a very difficult situation,” Reed said. “She loves her children, both of them. She feels like she should support both of them.”

Elinor Indico is due back in court Nov. 19.

Ashley Indico’s cousin, Jamie Winters, created an online fundraiser to help pay funeral expenses and to help support Aristeo Indico and his children. So far the site has raised $2,930. It has a posted goal of $15,000.

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