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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Authorities didn’t have far to look for a suspect in the stabbing death of a troubled 59-year-old Lyndhurst woman yesterday: Be rgen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli’s detectives have arrested and charged a 49-year-old neighbor.

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli , confirming CLIFFVIEW PILOT ‘s report this morning of a murder arrest, said a fight yesterday morning ended in the stabbing death of a 59-year-old Lyndhurst woman and the arrest early this morning of her unemployed neighbor, Stephen Baldino, 49. READ MORE….

TV cameras caught images of detectives taking Stephen C. Baldino in for questioning after speaking with several people in the building last night.

They also recovered the knife used in the killing.

Baldino is being held on $2 million bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with murder, knowingly causing a death, hindering apprehension and weapons possession.

Stephen C. Baldino (MUGSHOT: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor)

A concerned neighbor called police around 5 o’clock last night, asking that they check on
Lydja Mitchell’s welfare, Molinelli said.

When police got to Apartment C of the two-brick building on Page Avenue — at the corner of Riverside near the Passaic River — they found Mitchell’s body, he said.

Mitchell, who lived for several years in Englewood Cliffs before moving to Lyndhurst in 2010, had been stabbed several times.

Investigators remained at the scene well into the night, with Lyndhurst police working with detectives from Molinelli’s Major Crimes Division.

A law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT last night that Mitchell had a “troubled life” and was brought more than once to Bergen Regional Medical Center for her own safety after police were called to her home.

Baldino apparently had emotional problems of his own, the source said.

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