A Shoreline woman accused of fatally stabbing her longtime boyfriend inside their home last week, then taking off with their two young daughters, will likely be charged this week with murder, authorities say.

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A Shoreline woman accused of fatally stabbing her longtime boyfriend at their home last week before then taking off with their two young daughters, triggering an Amber Alert, will likely be charged this week with murder, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Doreen Starrish, 28, turned herself in early Monday at the King County Jail, where she is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Deputies had been in talks with Starrish’s lawyer over her surrender, said King County sheriff’s Sgt. Kathleen Larson.

On Friday, Starrish was charged with first-degree assault/domestic violence and sought on an arrest warrant. But when 27-year-old Aaron C. Smith died at Harborview Medical Center over the weekend, prosecutors began evaluating increased charges.

“We’re reviewing the potential for amending the charge. It will likely be a couple of days,” said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home Starrish shared with Smith, in the 1500 block of Northeast 190th Street, on Thursday morning. Friends of the couple told investigators that the two had been arguing for several hours when Smith was stabbed.

A woman who was at the home told deputies that the couple had been arguing throughout the night and that at one point Starrish grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened Smith, according to the charging documents. But, the woman said, Smith took the knife away and said “you’re not going to hurt me.”

Starrish then grabbed another knife and “with an overhead downward motion plunged the knife into Aaron’s chest,” the woman told investigators.

The woman said Smith screamed, “I can’t believe you stabbed me. … Oh, my god, I’m gonna die,” according to charging documents.

Smith called for help. When a deputy who was performing first aid on him asked what happened, he said, “I’m not saying a word,” according to charges. But Smith quickly added, “Hurry, I can’t breathe.”

A man who also was at the house when the stabbing occurred told a detective that Starrish fled with the couple’s two daughters, who deputies say are 7 and 3, according to charging papers.

An Amber Alert was issued for the children, listing Starrish’s Lincoln Navigator as the vehicle of interest. Seattle police found the vehicle Thursday afternoon in Lake City being driven by a friend of Starrish’s. The man said he had been with the woman and her children earlier that day but had dropped her off at a McDonald’s in Shoreline.

That night Seattle police received a phone call from Smith’s brother, saying the children had been dropped off at his grandmother’s house. The grandmother told deputies Starrish had called her to say a woman named “Alice” was responsible for the stabbing. It’s unclear in the charges who “Alice” is.

Smith and Starrish had dated for nearly 10 years, sheriff’s Detective Christina Bartlett wrote in her report.

At the time he was stabbed there was a domestic violence no-contact order in place, barring Smith from contacting Starrish, according to court records. A misdemeanor assault case is pending in Shoreline District Court, listing Smith as the suspect and Starrish as the victim, Bartlett wrote in her report.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.