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A San Bernardino home became a bloody scene on Wednesday after a man allegedly killed his ex-wife and daughter before attempting to end his own life by cutting his wrists. The suspect, Jordan Sartorio, is in stable condition after calling police to report the incident. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from San Bernardino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
A 42-year-old man who apparently botched his suicide called police to report he had fatally stabbed his estranged wife and their 6-year-old daughter after an argument at their San Bernardino home, authorities said Wednesday.
The incident was reported before 6 a.m. in the 300 block of West 29th Street, said Lt. Paul Williams, a spokesman with the San Bernardino Police Department.
Killed were Miraflor, 51, and Jira Sartorio, 6.
The man, identified as Jordan Sartorio (pictured), had cut his wrists and was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition, police said. Once he's cleared to leave the hospital, he will be taken to jail, police said.
The suspect and his estranged wife were divorced but living together, police said.
The suspect used a knife to stab Miraflor Sartorio several times, police said. When Jira woke up and began screaming the suspect then stabbed and killed her, authorities said.
The suspect tried to kill himself by slashing his wrist.
There is no history of domestic violence at the address, police said.
Neighbor Ruben Equihua said he would sometimes see the Sartorios quietly reading a book on the stoop.
"They're a quiet family, very quiet and humble," he said.
Heydi Lopez lived in the house with the Sartorios. She said their marital problems stemmed from financial issues, but they were not the type to scream and yell about it.
"I was shocked, especially when I heard about the little girl," she said. "My little boy used to play with that little girl."