Friday, September 21 2018 18:06 MSK
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Five people, including three babies, stabbed at New York day care
Five people, three babies, stabbed, New York day care, Mei Xin Care, Queens, Yu Fen Wang, kitchen knife, police

According to authorities, a 52-year-old woman who works at the day care stabbed her female co-worker with a kitchen knife before stabbing three infants and the father of one of the babies.

A 52-year-old day care worker allegedly stabbed five people, including three baby girls, at an overnight facility in Queens early Friday, with a butcher knife found on the scene. The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. at Mei Xin Care Inc on 161th Street near 45th Avenue in Flushing, police said. There were nine babies being looked after at the informal day care center located in an apartment building.

The motive for the stabbings is unknown at this time, but psychological distress is among likely reason. Police sources identified the suspect as Yu Fen Wang. A 52-year-old woman, identified as a suspect, was found in the basement with an apparently self-inflicted slash wound to her wrist. Officers said police had applied a tourniquet to the woman's wrist. After she regained consciousness, she was taken into custody.

Neighbors told they heard screams coming from the building early Friday morning.

A 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the abdomen, and a 20-day-old girl suffered cuts to her ear, chin and lip. One of the infants, a girl, was listed in serious condition, but none of the injuries is considered life-threatening. The father of one of the wounded infants was stabbed in the leg. The woman who works at the Queens day care was stabbed eight times in the torso.

Four other infants were taken to area hospitals for evaluation but were not injured.

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