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Woman charged with attempted murder after stabbing at Queens sham 'day care center’

September 22, 2018 - 10:20 am
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NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) -- 

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

The attacked happened at around 3:30 a.m. in the Flushing section of Queens Friday morning.

Police said the woman had begun attacking the newborns and two adults and was found in the basement with a slashed wrist.

A butcher knife and meat clever were found at the scene.

A 3-day-old girl and 1-month-old girl were stabbed in the abdomen, and a 20-day-old girl suffered cuts on her ear, chin and lip, officials said. The father of a child at the center and woman who worked there were also stabbed.

All victims were listed in critical but stable condition.

Although initial reports described the facility as a day care, The New York Daily News reported, that "locals claimed the 'day care' was actually was a temporary home for pregnant Chinese immigrants to deliver babies in hopes of leveraging the births into American citizenship."

The Queens District Attorney's Office said in a statement, "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."

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 was charged with five counts of attempted murder on Saturday.