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Facebook feud, dispute over man led to teen mom’s deadly stabbing

Posted at 9:09 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 21:09:06-04

SCRANTON, Pa. -- An ongoing Facebook dispute over a man turned tragic during the holiday weekend, leaving a young woman dead and another facing serious charges, according to WNEP.

A 16-year-old high school sophomore will most likely be charged with homicide in the death of 18-year-old Kayla VanWert, the mother of a 1-year-old.

Cathleen Boyer, 16, has been charged as an adult with aggravated assault and other charges for an alleged fight that turned deadly on Sunday in Scranton's hill section.

Police say the young mom was stabbed twice there Sunday night. She died later at the hospital. Officers say Cathleen Boyer arranged the fight with the victim.

Witness Arlene Sembrot said she saw an SUV pull up and a man carry Kayla VanWert's body from the alley Sunday night.

"Then I seen a guy get out and pick something up, he had a red shirt on and all these chains on. And then he got in the car, so I came down here, right about right here, and they flew through the alley," Sembrot recalled.

Sembrot says a group of five people then seemed to search the scene with flashlights.

Those close to VanWert told WNEP the cause of the fight was no mystery — the two had apparently been battling in the past over the father of VanWert's daughter -- Jorge DeJesus, 19, of Scranton.

DeJesus is in jail on a parole violation after allegedly being violent with VanWert.

Officials with the Scranton School District say Kayla VanWert used to attend Scranton High School. The accused, Cathleen Boyer, is currently a sophomore at West Scranton High School.

"I feel bad. Now that you tell me she had a 1 year old," Sembrot said, "I feel really bad about it."