A terrifying stabbing took place early Friday morning at a New York maternity center and police say five people, including three infant babies, were injured.
According to the NYPD, 52-year-old Yu Fen Wang worked at Mei Xin Care Inc., a maternity hotel for Chinese women who want their babies to get automatic American citizenship. Wang, who was a daycare worker at the Queens establishment, was considered to be in “psychological distress” when she used a butcher knife and meat cleaver to attack the people, police said at a press conference.
Once police arrived at the scene of the stabbing, they found Wang in the basement with a self-inflicted slash to her left wrist, authorities said. Police escorted women and new mothers out of the center (as seen above).
Charges are still pending.
The Queens District Attorney's office said Yu is being held at a hospital, where she is undergoing psychiatric evaluation and being treated for her wounds.
During their search of the three-story building, police found a meat cleaver was on a kitchen counter and a bloody kitchen knife in the first-floor bathroom.
The youngest victims ranged in age from 13 days old to one month old. In addition to the babies, an adult man and woman were also injured. All of the victims are in stable condition at nearby hospitals.
The 13-day-old girl and a 33-day-old girl both suffered stab wounds to their torsos, while a 22-day-old girl suffered cuts on her chin, ear and lip.
Although one baby girl was “more seriously injured than the other two,” her condition was upgraded to critical but stable, said NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes during a press conference.
Police have not yet revealed a motive for the stabbings.
Additionally, New York City Department of Health issued the following statement to ABC 7 NY:
"After the horrific incident at Mei Xin Care in Flushing, the health department is investigating the facility. Although it is still early in the investigation, the department can confirm that there was no home day care license for the location. NYPD is the lead on this investigation."
(Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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