Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that Lila Lucariello, age 33, of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been charged with first degree Murder, and other related crimes, for the stabbing death of her mother at her Parsippany apartment. Additional charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon were also authorized.
On September 1, 2018, at approximately 8:27 a.m., members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department were dispatched to 3579 Route 46 East, Apt. 57B, Parsippany, NJ for a 911 call. Upon arrival, first responding officers located a deceased woman’s body inside the apartment. The deceased woman was subsequently identified as 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. 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 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.
On September 2, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the victim’s body by Dr. Carlos Fonseca of the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim’s Cause of Death was determined to be Multiple Stab Wounds and the Manner of Death was determined to be Homicide.
As a result of the investigation into this incident, the Defendant was charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the fourth degree.
Members of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office all took part in 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.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].