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Man arrested in stabbing death of 7-year-old

January 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Long Beach man accused of stabbing his girlfriend's 7-year-old son to death is behind bars. Thirty-year-old Peniamina Tomasi is being held in jail without bail.Police took Tomasi into custody Friday night at the couple's apartment in the 500 block of East Pleasant Street. They say Tomasi had also stabbed his 27-year-old girlfriend, but that her injuries were not life-threatening.

The two are the biological parents of two children and each have three children from previous relationships. Tomasi is not the father of the boy who was killed.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

The seven surviving children have all been placed into child protective custody.

AP and CNS contributed to this report.