Daycare workers stabs three sleeping infants, colleague with butcher's knife and machete
A 52-year-old worker at a daycare center in Queens allegedly stabbed five people before trying to kill herself by slitting her wrist
At least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an informal overnight daycare center in Queens in the early hours of Friday morning. The culprit is allegedly a 52-year-old woman who worked at the facility. The authorities are unsure what the motivation behind the stabbings was.
According to NBC New York, the attacks took place at the Flushing Center with the crazed worker's victims including a three-day-old girl, a one-month-old girl, and a 20-day-old girl. The first two victims were reportedly stabbed in the stomach, with the latter suffering lacerations to her ear, chin, and lip.
While all three infants are said to be in a critical condition, their health is stable and they are not in danger. The worker also stabbed two other people in her rampage, with one of the victims being the 31-year-old father of a child at the day care center.
It is unknown whether his child was one of those stabbed by the 52-year-old.
The fifth victim was supposedly another woman who worked at the daycare center. She was stabbed eight times, though she reportedly survived the attacks. After the attacks, which occurred at between 3 am and 4 am in the morning, police say they found a sixth person unconscious in the basement of the center.
This was later determined to be the attacker, with police saying they found her with her left-wrist slashed. It was concluded that the wound was self-inflicted and she was transported to the hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries. She is currently in custody at a hospital.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, an NYPD official said, "The female suspect is in custody. She tried to commit suicide by slashing her wrists."
Neighbors who lived in the area told CBS New York that they woke up on Friday morning to the sound of screams from the building. Speaking about the incident, one said, "I got up, went and got dressed, and came out to see which house it was because, obviously, I'm concerned, this is my neighborhood."
The authorities were called to the residence which moonlighted as a daycare center at about 3:40 am. According to the police, adults upstairs heard the screaming from below and rushed downstairs to find the 52-year-old woman stabbing three infants with a butcher knife and a machete.
Besides the babies who were stabbed, there were reportedly six other infants in the house at the time. Four of the children have been removed from the daycare for observation, but are said to be uninjured. The authorities said that other parents were at the scene too, with it still unclear whether the daycare center had the requisite operating license.
Watch a video from the crime scene below.