Woman found dead with throat slashed, knife in chest inside Bronx NYCHA complex

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Monday, March 21, 2022
Woman found dead with throat slashed, knife in chest inside Bronx NYCHA complex
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Naveen Dhaliwal has the latest from Mott Haven after a woman was found dead with her throat slashed inside a Bronx NYCHA complex.

MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx (WABC) -- A woman who was found dead inside a NYCHA complex in the Bronx had had her throat slashed and had been stabbed in the chest, police said.

Responding officers found Bjana James,37, unconscious and unresponsive inside an apartment at NYCHA's Betances Houses on East 147th Street in the Mott Haven section around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Police said EMS then responded to the location and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police said she was found on a sofa with her throat slashed and a knife in her chest.

On Sunday, police arrested Nashan Walsh, 35.

It is unclear if Walsh and James knew each other. The motive behind the attack remains unclear.

James' family said she was a mother of two young children, a son Junior, 12, and Maya, 8. It is unclear if the kids were in the apartment during the attack.

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