3 babies among 5 slashed at NY child care center

Woman in custody after 3 infants stabbed at New York daycare

A newborn and two infants were among five people stabbed early Friday at an unlicensed day care center in NY by an employee who then tried to kill herself, officials said.

The unidentified woman, age 52, who also stabbed two adults in the predawn incident in the borough of Queens, was in stable condition, Juanita Holmes, assistant chief of patrol for the New York City Police Department, said at a news conference.

Police say the people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in New York City.

Police were called to a home, which investigators say was operating as a nursery, at around 03:45 local time (07:45 GMT) on Friday morning.

Nine babies and some of their parents had been at the home at the time of the attack, police said.

A spokeswoman for the state's Office of Children and Family Services said the home is not an OCFS-licensed or regulated childcare program. Prosecutors said they were aged 13 days, 22 days and 33 days.

According to ABC News, a butchers knife and a meat cleaver were recovered from the scene. The father of one of the children and a woman who worked there were also stabbed, police said.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries and was undergoing a psychiatric examination, authorities said. It isn't clear whether his child was among those stabbed.

According to police, adults upstairs heard screaming from below. So far, paperwork has been found showing it is likely a day care facility, officials said.

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