Frankford man is charged with murdering his girlfriend

A Frank­ford man was ar­res­ted on murder and ar­son charges last week after he al­legedly stabbed his girl­friend to death and set her East Mount Airy house on fire.

Phil­adelphia po­lice cap­tured Don­ald New­s­ome, 32, of the 1600 block of Brill St., on Ju­ly 26, one day after the killing and fire in­volving Ros­a­lyn Daniels, 27, of the 1200 block of E. Cliveden St.

New­s­ome is jailed without bail pending an Aug. 10 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

Fire­fight­ers were called to Daniels’ home at about 12:30 a.m. on Ju­ly 25 to fight a blaze there. After dous­ing the flames, they found Daniels’ body with cuts of the neck, face and back, as well as burns of the arms and legs. The single moth­er of two was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A re­l­at­ive told news re­port­ers at the scene that Daniels had planned to break up with New­s­ome, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. Daniels lived in the house with her son, 6; daugh­ter, 2; and grand­moth­er. No oth­er in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

Ini­tially, fire in­vest­ig­at­ors blamed the blaze on an open flame put to cloth­ing or oth­er debris.

Daniels’ 2002 Chev­ro­let Im­pala was miss­ing in the af­ter­math of the fire. Au­thor­it­ies have not dis­closed what evid­ence links New­s­ome to the crime. He is also charged with caus­ing a cata­strophe, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime. ••

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