Pregnant teen stabbed to death; roommate held

18-year-old Charreen Stanford died of stab wounds

Charreen Stanford in a photo posted to her Facebook page on April 17, 2016
Charreen Stanford in a photo posted to her Facebook page on April 17, 2016

CEDAR HILLS, Ore. (KOIN) — A pregnant 18-year-old was stabbed to death near Beaverton Monday night, and her roommate is charged with her murder.

Chareen Stanford, 18, was stabbed to death at this Beaverton home, May 17, 2016 (KOIN)
Chareen Stanford, 18, was stabbed to death at this Beaverton home, May 17, 2016 (KOIN)

Charreen Stanford was 5 months pregnant, her stepfather Joel Vance told KOIN 6 News.

She was stabbed in her home in the 13400 block of SW Driftwood Place in Cedar Hills around 7:20 p.m. and was taken to the hospital by a family member.

Stanford, who was originally from Philadelphia, died from her wounds a short time later.

Tannekqwa Thompson, 18, was booked into Washington County Jail on Monday night. (Wash. Co. Sheriff's Office)
Tannekqwa Thompson, 18, was booked into Washington County Jail on Monday night. (Wash. Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect, Tannekqwa Thompson, ran from the house before Washington County deputies arrived. An hour-long search ended when they found her hiding in a nearby yard.

‘I got stabbed’

Vance said Charreen was due to have her first child, a girl, on October 10. The baby’s father was graduating in Philadelphia and was planning to move to the Portland area when he graduated.

“To me, she felt like she was ready to grow up, become a woman and (handle) her own responsibilities,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Charreen lived in Philadelphia for a time with her dad, but when she got pregnant she wanted to be with her mom in Cedar Hills.

“Her mom was happy about it, happy, happy to help her get her own stuff and do whatever,” he said. The rest of the family, he added, moved here from Michigan.

Tanneqkwa Thompson was visiting the family from Michigan, he said, and had been there “for a couple of months.” She was staying with the family because this is also where the father of her child lives.

Vance said they were trying to get her a ticket back to Michigan.

“Wish it could have happened faster,” he said.

Vance said he was sitting at the kitchen table when Charreen yelled that she got stabbed. He ran downstairs, saw her on the couch, then scooped her up and rushed her to the hospital.

“She was doing fine,” he said, “but an hour later she was pronounced dead.”

He said there was no argument before Charreen was stabbed. “The only thing I did hear was ‘I got stabbed’ and ran downstairs.”

Thompson, he said, knew Charreen was pregnant — and Vance said Thompson was pregnant, too.

“She lost her baby a few days ago, and I don’t know if it was jealousy. I don’t know. I don’t know.”

The investigation continues and no motive for the stabbing has been released.

Thompson, 18, entered a not guilty plea to the murder charge and is being held without bail at the Washington County Jail. Her next scheduled court appearance is May 24.

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