A Bronx man who stabbed his pregnant Army vet girlfriend more than a half-dozen times and left her bleeding for 30 minutes, causing her to lose their baby, was sentenced to 14 year in prison on Thursday.
Liv Abreu, 34, was consoled by her attorney outside a Bronx courtroom after the sentencing of ex-boyfriend Oscar Alvarez, 34.
Her brother Juan Carlos told a reporter that the Alvarez he saw on Thursday was ‘the guy that we knew,’ suggesting something may have been amiss with Alvarez’s mental state on the day of the stabbing.
‘The guy that attacked her was a different guy,’ Juan Carlos said.
Alvarez stabbed Abreu – who was 26 weeks pregnant – multiple times in the chest and once on the side during a violent domestic dispute in their apartment on Walton Avenue in The Bronx on May 21, 2018.
Police said they got into a heated argument at around 12.30am concerning the boyfriend’s suspicions that his girlfriend was cheating on him.
Liv Abreu (center), 34, was consoled by her attorney outside a Bronx courtroom on Thursday after the sentencing of ex-boyfriend Oscar Alvarez, 34
Abreu kept a low profile in a black face mask, a black sweater and jeans as she wiped tears from her eyes outside a courtroom, surrounded by her attorney, family and friends
Abreu was a former paratrooper in the US Army. In 2018, Alvarez, her live-in boyfriend, stabbed her repeatedly in the chest and in the side and denied her help for 30 minutes
Police said Alvarez (above in November 2019) and Abreu got into a heated argument at around 12.30am concerning the boyfriend’s suspicions that his girlfriend was cheating on him
According to investigators, Alvarez grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed his live-in girlfriend Abreu in the torso.
He denied her care for 30 minutes and put on a clean Polo shirt and jeans, grabbed the victim’s cellphone and keys, and walked out of the apartment, leaving the woman bleeding.
‘The defendant viciously attacked a woman who was 26 weeks pregnant, while she pleaded for her life and that of her unborn baby,’ said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, according to WPIX. ‘He kept her from medical attention for a half hour. This mother courageously tricked the defendant by pretending to be dead and then seeking help.’
Alvarez fled the scene in Abreu’s 2004 Jeep Cherokee SUV after the stabbing, but turned himself in to police at 4am.
Despite her injuries, Abreu, who served in Afghanistan as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, managed to crawl downstairs to a neighbor’s unit and call for help.
First responders transported Abreu to Lincoln Hospital, where her baby was pronounced dead upon arrival. She was initially listed in critical but went on to make a full recovery.
The boyfriend allegedly claimed that the attack that killed Abreu’s baby was an accident. It was later determined he was the father of the baby.
On Thursday, Abreu kept a low profile in a black face mask, a black sweater and jeans as she wiped tears from her eyes outside a courtroom, surrounded by her attorney, family and friends.
On Thursday, Abreu’s brother (far left), told a reporter that the Alvarez he saw on Thursday was ‘the guy that we knew,’ suggesting something may have been amiss with Alvarez’s mental state on the day of the stabbing
Alvarez denied Abreu care for 30 minutes after the stabbing. He put on clean clothes, grabbed her cellphone and keys and left, leaving the woman bleeding, according to police
The young couple had lived in a building near Yankee Stadium for about a year, and a few neighbors told ABC 7 NY they saw no signs of domestic violence
Excited mom: In February 2018, an overjoyed Abreu shared this sonogram image showing her baby girl at 17 weeks of gestation. She was due in August
Abreu’s older brother, Juan Carlos, told a reporter that ‘perhaps the sentence wasn’t as long as I think it should have been,’ but suggested that he was satisfied with his apology.
Juan Carlos spoke to the New York Daily News about his sister just days after the stabbing.
‘The physical wounds will heal,’ Juan Carlos said. ‘The mental wounds will also heal at some point, but it will probably take longer. She’s positive. My sister, she’s a warrior.’
During his first court appearance, Alvarez’s Legal Aid lawyer Joshua Hadas told a judge his client is a hardworking man who has no criminal history. The judge ordered Alvarez held without bail.
‘I could tell she was excited about the baby and stuff like that,’ one neighbor told WABC. ‘She was way far along, like six, seven months.’
Abreu served as a paratrooper and human resources specialist based at Fort Brag, North Carolina. She earned a degree in political science in 2012 from the City University of New York and served as a spokesperson for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Both she and her boyfriend worked at a T-Mobile store in Manhattan, where she works as a retail manager.
During a November 2019 court appearance, Oscar Alvarez looked remarkably different from his initial appearance in May 2018 (right)
A neighbor said Abreu was excited about her pregnancy, and a super in her building told NBC4 the mom-to-be had only recently said how she wished her mother, who died last year, had lived to meet her baby.
The young couple had lived in the building near Yankee Stadium for more than a year before the stabbing, and a few neighbors told ABC 7 NY they saw no signs of domestic violence.
‘I see her every day, they are walking the dog and stuff like that,’ one neighbor said. ‘I’ve never seen them fighting or anything, no problems.’
They’re all trying to figure out what went wrong when it all seemed so right.
The porter added: ‘I recently saw her in the lobby. She told me, “I’m so happy I’m pregnant. My mother is not alive and would’ve been so excited that I’m having a baby.'”