3 Infants, 2 Others Stabbed At Daycare Center, Possibly With Meat Cleaver

A 52-year-old woman is in custody following the attack on three defenseless newborns, the youngest of whom is just 3 days old.

Three infants and two adults were stabbed at an overnight daycare center in New York City, police say. All are in critical but stable condition.

The stabbings happened just before 4 a.m. Friday at a home in Flushing, Queens, according to authorities.

The infant victims were a 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl, both of whom were stabbed in the abdomen, and a 20-day-old girl, who suffered cuts to her ear, chin and lip, police say. 

The father of a child at the center and a woman who worked there were also stabbed, according to police.

A 52-year-old woman is in custody at a hospital after being found in the basement of the home with self-inflicted slash wounds to her wrists, police say. A butcher knife and meat cleaver were found at the scene, according to authorities.

The suspect worked at the facility, according to CNN. Charges are pending. 

A motive hasn't been determined. It isn't clear whether the daycare center was licensed, according to cops.

The 31-year-old male victim was stabbed in the leg while intervening in an attack of the adult female victim, according to NBC New York. Then, the children were attacked. It’s not clear if any of the stabbed babies were the male victim's child. The female worker was stabbed eight times in the torso, NBC New York reports.

Nine babies were in the center at the time. An official told NBC New York that it was a maternity center.

"There was one child with more serious injuries than the other two," NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes said at a news conference on Friday. "At one point, we thought she might have been likely [to die], but, thank God, she was upgraded."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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