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Boyfriend arrested in killing of pregnant woman

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 2:57 pm | Updated: 12:55 pm, Thu Feb 14, 2019.

The boyfriend of Jennifer Irigoyen was arrested Friday in the killing of the pregnant 35-year-old last week in Ridgewood.

Anthony Hobson, 48, of Rego Park was charged with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Hobson surrendered to police at the 104th Precinct station house with his lawyer on Friday morning.

Irigoyen was found by police last Sunday morning inside the vestibule at 60-80 Myrtle Ave. with stab wounds to her neck and torso. Irigoyen was five months pregnant. The unborn child did not survive.

He initially also was charged with abortion. Abortion, however, was removed from New York State’s criminal code by the recently signed Reproductive Health Act. Specifically, all references to abortion were removed from Article 125 of the Penal Law, which previously had been headlined "Homicide, abortion and related offenses."

But the law was only just signed by Gov. Cuomo, leading to confusion among the authorities.

Asked about the issue when police announced their charges but before Hobson was arraigned, Det. Sophia Mason, an NYPD spokesperson, said he was charged with abortion because “This is not a hospital setting, this is a homicide.”

She added, “This is not a medical procedure that was being done.”

"This was a heinous crime," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement issued by his office. "A woman was brutally stabbed — killing her and her unborn child. The defendant is alleged to have shown no mercy and no regard for human life when he repeatedly and purposely plunged a knife into this expectant mother's abdomen, torso and neck. The defendant, now in custody, faces spending the rest of his days locked behind bars."

Brown's office later acknowledged that the abortion law in question, Section 125.40, has been repealed, along with related sections of Article 125.

Officials celebrating passage of the RHA have repeatedly said abortion law has been moved to the health code, where they say it belongs.

A GoFundMe page to raise funds towards Irigoyen’s viewing ceremony and burial has already surpassed its $18,000 goal, raising nearly $22,000 as of Friday afternoon.

Peter C. Mastrosimone contributed to this story.

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