PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in the death of her 80-year-old grandfather, who police say she stabbed over 40 times in the home they shared last week, alleging he was abusive to her.

It happened in the 2500 block of East Lehigh Avenue in Port Richmond, around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Police say Patricia Diocson initially told investigators she came home and found her grandfather naked in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor.

They say there was a trail of blood leading from Girard’s second-floor bedroom to the kitchen, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Police say she later confessed to stabbing him 41 times.


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Officers say the man lived in the home with his family. Neighbors say Girard was a beloved member of their community.

Diocson is charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of Robert Girard.

No attorney is listed in online court documents.

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