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Princess Anne Woman Dies Less Than Week After Attack

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- A Princess Anne woman has died from her injuries less than a week after police say she was stabbed and attacked with a hammer by her boyfriend, police said Monday. 

Princess Anne Police Chief Timothy Bozman said in a statement that Airealle Sells, 25, passed away over the weekend. The chief said the other two victims in last week's attack, Sells' children, remain in critical but stable condition. 

Sells' boyfriend, 26-year-old Sharef Dontre Hayward, of Baltimore but formerly of Princess Anne, is charged with attempted murder, assault and related offenses in connection with the incident. However, investigators are consulting with the Somerset County State’s Attorney’s Office about modifying the charges filed against Hayward as they pertain to Sells, Bozman said.

The incident happened last Tuesday at around 3 a.m. at the Princess Anne Townhouses located off of Pine Knoll Drive. Police said Hayward stabbed Sell and then assaulted her, her 8-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old son, with a hammer. Sells was taken to Shock Trauma where she was listed in critical condition prior to her death. Her children continue to be hospitalized at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Court records show that a day before the attack, Sells had requested and was granted a protective order against Hayward. Bozman noted that after Tuesday's attack, Hayward called a friend and confessed to the crime. The friend then notified police who went to the home and found the three victims.  

Sell's family is still trying to understand how such a thing could happened to her.

"We can't have 24-hour surveillance on everyone that files a protective order, I know that is not logical. Because he was a serious threat I wonder what could have been done to prevent this from occurring," Tynisha Mosley, Sells' sister.

Mosley says something good has actually come from her sister's death. Sells was an organ donor, and five of her organs have already been given to others in need, including someone who needed a heart.

"It's actually a 49-year old male, and I am hoping he allows us to meet him so I can hear my sister's heart.."

Since the attack, several organizations have begun efforts to help the family, including the Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Department, which is collecting toys for Sells' children.

"I think it goes to show she was loved, the children are still loved. a lot of people definitely cared about her and the children," said Mosley.

Sells' mother says they will keep Christmas alive for the children.

"Whenever they wake up, it's going to be Christmas, nobody is taking their trees down until they come home," said Valentina Downing, Sells' mother.

Hayward remains held without bond in the Somerset County Detention Center. 

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