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Police say woman killed near Ritzville as her son watched

A 3-year-old boy watched as his father bludgeoned his mother with a hammer and stabbed her with a screwdriver in a gruesome killing along Interstate 90 west of Ritzville on Tuesday, according to court documents.

The woman’s body, found on the highway partially nude with a screwdriver stuck in her chest, stunned drivers and set off a frenzy of emergency calls before dawn Tuesday. Investigators closed the interstate.

The father of the child, Manuel Argomaniz-Camargo, is in the Adams County Jail on $2 million bond. The woman has been identified as Ana Veronica Montelongo Garcia, 24.

A passer-by spotted Garcia on the side of the road and called police. When officers reached Argomaniz-Camargo and his son a little more than a mile down the road, the man’s hands were bloody. He put his son down on the ground and the boy ran to a police officer, according to court documents.

Argomaniz-Camargo told police that the family had left Chicago on a road trip Sunday and that he was using crystal methamphetamine and cocaine to stay awake, according to court documents. He told investigators that he began thinking that Garcia was a witch and that she had a chip in her mouth that allowed her to control the vehicle, according to court documents.

The two argued and Argomaniz-Camargo said Garcia cut his finger with a knife. He then took the knife from her and stabbed her with it repeatedly, according to court documents. Argomaniz-Camargo told police that he hit Garcia multiple times with a hammer. He also reportedly admitted stabbing her with a screwdriver after she was dead.

Argomaniz-Camargo said he tried to burn the car and also attempted to tape Garcia to the steering wheel but she was too bloody, court documents state. When those attempts failed he took his son and began walking away.

Police recovered a large amount of what appeared to be crystal meth from the car, according to court documents.

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