Woman identified in fatal stabbing, hammer attack in Philly house

A woman was killed when she was stabbed in her neck and assaulted with a hammer in a Crescentville home, Philadelphia police said.

The 57-year-old woman was attacked inside her home on the 5500 block of North Hill Creek Drive shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday

Police on Thursday identified her as Rosalind Wicks, who was found lying in the kitchen of her home, bleeding heavily. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:38 a.m. Police have said Wicks was stabbed four times in the neck and also attacked with a hammer.

They said the victim’s daughter was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center for a head injury that was also inflicted by the offender during a struggle.

No information has been released about the alleged assailant, whom police searched for in nearby woods on Wednesday. No arrest has been reported. The weapons were recovered at the scene.

The victim was the third woman to die violently in Philadelphia on Wednesday: Two other women were found shot dead in a pickup truck in the city’s Fairhill section. It is unusual for the Philadelphia to have so many women killed in such a time span; in recent years, about 85 to 90 percent of homicide victims in the city have been men, according to police data.