The five days leading up to Saturday saw a whopping 16 murders in New York, including three children who police say were killed at the hands of their own mothers.
On Friday night, a woman in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, after police responded to a chilling 911 call she made. Tenika Revell, 40, told the operator that she had killed her own son with a hammer and was attempting to kill herself, according to reports.
When police arrived at the apartment, they found Revell, an ex-con and a suspected prostitute, still alive after an attempted pill overdose, according to the Daily News. But her son, Bernard Revell, 9, was found with deep cuts to his head and pronounced dead on arrival.
Revell had been arrested 33 times in the past, including several times for prostitution, according to the News.
A day earlier, on Thursday, a young Bronx mother allegedly poisoned her 4-month-old daughter and 5-year-old son, according to police. Lisette Bamenga, 29, then unsuccessfully tried to kill herself.
Bamenga, a city schoolteacher who is also dating a rookie NYPD officer, allegedly forced her children, Trevor Noel, Jr. and little Lillian Noel, to drink toxic wiper fluid. Bamenga then sealed up the apartment windows, turned up the gas, and slit her own wrists, the Daily News reported.
Bamenga, who on Facebook is seen laughing and holding her two children, left a suicide note that read her children “were going to a better place." According to reports, she was upset over relationship problems.
Bamenga’s boyfriend, Officer Trevor Noel, returned home from his Thursday night shift to the horrific scene, according to the Daily News. EMS workers tried to revive the two small children, but were unable. Bamenga, originally from Paris, France, survived and was charged with murder.
In a separate incident, a 3-year-old boy was grazed in the leg by a bullet during a shootout in Bed-Stuy Sunday afternoon. The boy was playing in front of his house at 383 Pulaski Street when he was caught in the gunfire at about 4 p.m. The child is expected to survive the graze wound, police told Metro. No arrests have yet been made.
And police continue to investigate the murders of three men reportedly shot to death over a woman outside a nightclub in Queens on Saturday. Officers are looking for the gunman suspected of executing all three with a total of 63 shots fired from an AK-47. At least two of the victims were fathers of young children.