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Father arrested after allegedly stabbing wife, abducting 3-year-old daughter in the Bronx

Posted: 4:28 PM, Dec 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-02 07:55:51-05

BEDFORD PARK, The Bronx — Police have arrested a man they say stabbed his wife several times before grabbing his daughter and fleeing the state Tuesday afternoon.

New Jersey State Police tweeted that they found Diomedes Valenzuela, 47,  and Rebecca Valenzuela on the Garden State Parkway in Clifton just after 5 p.m.

Officials say Diomedes stabbed his wife multiple times on Perry Avenue in Bedford Park around 1:30 p.m. After the stabbing, Valenzuela allegedly abducted their 3-year-old child, Rebecca Valenzuela.

The victim, 31,  was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. She was listed in critical condition but officials said she has greatly improved overnight and is expected to survive.

Police issued an Amber Alert for New York and New Jersey.

Drivers on the Garden State Parkway alerted police after seeing the car from alerts sent to their phone.

Rebecca is being returned to New York City where she will stay with family members.

The investigation is ongoing.

PIX11 News' Anthony DiLorenzo contributed to this report.