Published: Aug 10, 2010 3:18 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 10, 2010 12:18 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa man was charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend with a machete.

Police responding to their home Sunday night found 50-year-old Danitza Fonseca with multiple cuts. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.

Police arrested 39-year-old Alexander Cote-Ferrer and charged him with second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Fonseca's two daughters and one of their boyfriends told police that Cote-Ferrer also had threatened them with the machete but that they were able to run outside and call 911.

Cote-Ferrer had been charged in January with threatening Fonseca and another woman with a machete and an aluminum bat, but the charges were later dropped.

Cote-Ferrer was being held without bail.