3 newborn babies, 2 adults stabbed at neighborhood nursery in NY

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 attack happened shortly before 4 a.m.at a house in the Flushing area of Queens.

The three day and one-month old girl were reportedly stabbed in the stomach while a 20-day-old girl had a laceration to her ear, chin and lip.

The father of one of the children tried to intervene and was stabbed in the leg, police said.

A 52-year-old female "babysitter/worker" at the in-home center was arrested, police said.

The injuries were not considered to be life threatening, police said.

Charges are pending. Police say a butcher knife and meat cleaver were found at the scene. The female worker was stabbed eight times in the torso, NBC New York reports.

Brown said the alleged attacker was in custody at a nearby hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation as well as treatment for what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds.

Officials said the facility is not licensed, despite the employees claiming they are licensed. "We are hoping these young babies - small and so very fragile - are also strong enough to overcome this disgusting act of senseless violence".

The victims - two little girls and a boy, plus two adults - were in stable condition Friday at local hospitals, NY police said.

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. Both of the adults who were stabbed live at the home, police spokesman Thomas Antonetti.

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