NEW YORK (AP) – Two young children died from stab wounds after their mother was taken into custody for observation in New York City Saturday night, police said.
A 3-year-old boy and an 11-month-old boy were found in a Bronx apartment with multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso and did not survive transport to a hospital, police said.
The children’s 24-year-old mother had been taken into custody less than an hour earlier and taken to a hospital after acting erratically at an address on Echo Place in Mount Hope.
The mother was not arrested and the children’s father was not taken into custody, Deputy Chief Louis De Ceglie of Patrol Borough Bronx said during a news conference late Saturday.
Officers responded at around 7:20 p.m. to a report of “female behavior erratic but non-violent, unarmed,” De Ceglie said.
Police were told a woman tried to burn items in the kitchen and found her “behaving irrationally” in the third-floor apartment, De Ceglie said.
She was taken into custody without incident until an ambulance arrived, who took her to St Barnabas Hospital for a check-up at around 7:50pm. Before leaving for the hospital, officers were told by a family friend that the children were with their father, De Ceglie said.
A 911 call at 7:55 p.m. to the same location reported two children not breathing. He said officers returned to the home and found the boys with multiple wounds.
De Ceglie said officials and a family member tried to resuscitate the children while they waited for an ambulance to take them to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where they died.
“Despite the best efforts of officers, both children succumbed to their injuries,” De Ceglie said.
Police have a “person of interest” in custody and are continuing their investigation, he said.
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