Marla Diamond

Woman Charged With Attempted Murder After Stabbing At Queens Day Care Center

September 22, 2018 - 11:00 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A 52-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbed five people – including three newborn babies – at a day care center inside a Queens home.

The stabbing happened at around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, at 43-67 161st Street in Flushing.

Police responded to a 911 call after neighbors reported hearing screams coming from inside the home.

Nine babies and their parents were at the home when the stabbings happened, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

The victims include a 3-day-old newborn, a 20-day-old infant and a 33-day-old baby along with two adults; a 63-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

"We pray that all of the victims will be fine and will survive these injuries. We are hoping these young babies - small and so very fragile - are also strong enough to overcome this horrible act of senseless violence," Brown said in a statement.

The 52-year-old woman who worked at the day care was found with self-inflicted slash wounds to her left wrist and is in police custody in a hospital, Diamond reported.

Police said a butcher knife and meat cleaver were found at the scene.

All stabbing victims are listed in critical but stable condition. So far, the motive is unclear.

Investigators were trying to piece together what happened inside the building, a three-story, multifamily townhouse in a neighborhood popular with Chinese immigrants in the Flushing section of Queens. Among the questions was whether the place was operating as an unlicensed child-care facility.

State records indicate that a business called Mei Xin Care Inc. was registered at the address, but there was no listed phone number for that company.

The woman is now charged with five counts of attempted murder.