Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that Mrs. Lila Lucariello, 33, of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been indicted on charges related to the stabbing death of her mother at her Parsippany apartment in September 2018.
On May 29, an indictment was returned against the Defendant charging her with first-degree Murder, third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second-degree Endangering the Welfare of Children, officials say.
According to reports, on September 1, 2018, at approximately 8:27 a.m., members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department were dispatched to an apartment in Parsippany, NJ for a 911 call. Upon arrival, first responding officers located a deceased woman’s body inside the apartment.
Officials say that the deceased woman was subsequently identified as Ms. Salwa Kahn-Tamr, age 58, of Prospect Park, New Jersey. The Defendant’s husband had contacted 911 after returning home that morning and locating the deceased victim.
The Defendant, who was identified as the deceased victim’s daughter, was also located inside the apartment. Police say that the Defendant was taken into the custody of law enforcement from the apartment. A knife believed to be used by the Defendant to inflict the fatal injuries was also collected from the apartment.
Investigators determined that the Defendant had been in the apartment with her mother and the Defendant’s infant daughter during the overnight hours.
Authorities say that on September 2, 2018, the victim’s Cause of Death was determined to be Multiple Stab Wounds and the Manner of Death was determined to be Homicide.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office for their efforts in conducting this investigation.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department at 973-263-4300.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.