3 infants, 2 others stabbed at NYC daycare; woman detained

What to Know

  • At least five people, including three infants, have been stabbed at a Queens day care, police say

  • All of the stabbed infants are a month old or younger; there were nine babies in the Flushing house at the time, officials say

  • A 52-year-old woman, was found in the basement of the Flushing day care with self-inflicted slash wounds on her wrist; she is in custody

A 52-year-old day care worker allegedly stabbed five people, including three baby girls no more than a month old, at an overnight facility in Queens early Friday, and cops say they found a butcher knife and meat cleaver at the scene. 

A 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the stomach; a 20-day-old girl had a laceration to her ear, chin and lip. All are in critical but stable condition, authorities said. Two other people, a father of a child at the day care and another woman who worked there, were also stabbed at the Flushing center just before 4 a.m. Friday. The woman was stabbed eight times. 

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Police say the 52-year-old woman was found unconscious on the basement floor of the day care center on 161st Street with her left wrist slashed in what police say was a self-inflicted wound. She is in police custody at an area hospital.

The 31-year-old father who was injured was stabbed in the leg; it wasn’t clear whether his child was one of the infants stabbed. Nine babies were in the house at the time. Police say other parents were there as well. 

No motive has been determined. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the day care was licensed.

Video from the scene showed a heavy police presence, with dozens of law enforcement vehicles and officers swarming the scene.

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