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March 20, 2018

Philly man charged in killing of pregnant girlfriend in Elkins Park

911 call was placed by victim's 12-year-old daughter, prosecutors said

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Tristian Jones Source/Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Tristian Jones, 35, of Philadelphia.

Authorities in Montgomery County have a charged a Philadelphia man in last month's fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman at her home in Elkins Park. 

Tristian Jones, 35, was charged on Monday with murder and related offenses in the death of 31-year-old Eboney N. White and her unborn child. 

Prosecutors said Jones and White were in a relationship at the time of the stabbing in the early morning hours of Feb. 19. 

Police responded to the Lynnwood Gardens apartment complex around 3:20 a.m. to find White's body in the master bedroom with multiple stab wounds. Her two children, ages 12 and seven, were inside the apartment at the time of the stabbing but were not harmed physically. The fetus was 7.5 months old at the time and did not survive the attack.

According to prosecutors, White's 12-year-old daughter placed the 911 call from the bathroom of the apartment. 

Investigators found no evidence of a struggle in the apartment and no evidence of a robbery. 

Video surveillance from the previous night allegedly showed Jones purchasing clothing and an Imusa paring knife from a Burlington Coat Factory. Cash receipts corroborated the purchases, prosecutors said. 

"Following a thorough investigation by the Cheltenham Police and Montgomery County Detectives, the evidence pointed to the defendant, who has disclosed that the unborn baby was his, and that the defendant's wife did not know about the relationship with Ms. White," said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. 

Jones remains held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and will not be eligible for bail ahead of a preliminary hearing on March 29.