Three newborn babies and two adults were stabbed during a pre-dawn attack at a suspected illegal childcare center in NY on Friday, allegedly carried out by a female employee, police said.
The victims were listed in critical but stable condition.
Inside what appeared to be a local daycare, police found a 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl stabbed in the abdomen.
A 52-year-old woman who had cut herself was in custody at a hospital.
Police are reviewing a license and are trying to determne why infants just a few days old were in a day care.
A female worker at the centre in Flushing, Queens was stabbed multiple times and a man thought to be a father of one of the children at the centre, was stabbed in the leg.
Nine babies and their parents were at the home when the stabbings happened, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.
A spokeswoman for the state's Office of Children and Family Services said the home is not an OCFS-licensed or regulated childcare program. A bloody kitchen knife and a meat cleaver were retrieved at the scene, according to Sophia Mason, a police spokeswoman.
In addition to the attack, police are investigating the area in which the incident occurred. Prosecutors said they were aged 13 days, 22 days and 33 days.
The city's Buildings Department had received several complaints against the property, including the possibility that it was being illegally used as a hotel, records show. It's not clear if any of the stabbed babies were the male victim's child.
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