At least five people, including three infants who are less than a month old, were stabbed at a Queens day care facility early Friday morning, police said. A butcher knife and meat cleaver were found at the scene, NBC4 reported.
Officials said that a 3-day-old girl and 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the stomach just before 4 a.m. at the Flushing facility, while a 20-day-old girl had injuries to her ear, chin and lip. The infants are in critical but stable condition.
A female employee of the Queens day care facility was stabbed eight times in the torso, while the father of a child at the daycare was stabbed in the leg. Both victims are also in critical but stable condition, authorities said.
A 52-year-old female suspect, who is an employee of the Queens day care facility, was found unconscious in the basement with what authorities say was a self-inflicted slash wound on her left wrist. She is in police custody at a local hospital, and has regained consciousness, NBC4 reported. No motive has been determined yet.
It is not clear if the Queens day care facility, which is in a residential home, is licensed with the state or why several newborns were on-site there at the time of the stabbing. There were nine infants — five girls and four boys —on the premises at the time.
The identity of the victims and suspect have not yet been released.