FLUSHING, Queens — Three infants, all one month or younger, were stabbed in a Queens "after birth center" early Friday, police said.
Authorities were called at about 3:40 a.m. to a residence believed to be serving as a center where women stay after giving birth on 161st Street between 45th and 43rd avenues in Flushing.
Officials said the facility is not licensed, despite the employees claiming they are licensed.
According to police, adults upstairs heard screaming from below. They came downstairs and saw a 52-year-old woman stabbing three female infants with a butcher knife and a meat cleaver.
Police sources identified the woman as Yu Fen Wang,
A 1-month-old and a 3-day-old baby were stabbed in the stomach. A 20-day-old was stabbed in the ear, chin and mouth, said police.
The father of one of the children tried to intervene and was stabbed in the leg, police said.
All victims were taken to the hospital. The three infants are listed in critical condition, according to police.
The woman also stabbed one female co-worker eight times, police told PIX11.
It is not known what led to the attack and what the alleged attacker's role was in the day care.
According to authorities, there were nine children and their parents at the location during the time of the incident.
Police arrived and discovered the woman in the basement kitchen floor unconscious. She was taken into a custody for a psych evaluation, said authorities.
Both the butcher knife and the meat cleaver were recovered by police.
In addition to the attack, police are investigating the area in which the incident occurred. So far, paperwork has been found showing it is likely a day care facility, officials said.
Authorities give an update on the stabbing: