WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Police have announced an arrest in the murder of a Washington Township woman found dead in her home Wednesday afternoon.

Officers responding to the West Stewart Street home just after 4 p.m. found Margaret Graf-White, 45, deceased. Earlier that day police had responded to a noise complaint at the apartment building.

Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke says White is believed to have died from wounds from an unidentified sharp object.

Ralph Atkinson, 38, of Columbia, was arrested at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg. Police did not disclose why Atkinson was at the hospital.

Burke says investigators found that Atkinson and White were dating.

Graf-White had two young children, according to police, who are now in custody of child services.  
Atkinson faces first-degree murder and various weapons charges. He is currently being held in the Warren County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.