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Babies stabbed at Queens birthing center remain hospitalized

YuFen Wang is accused of slashing three babies and two adults in an attack last week at a Flushing "birthing center" popular with Chinese immigrants, officials say.

NYPD investigators stand outside a Queens birthing center

NYPD investigators stand outside a Queens birthing center where a woman allegedly slashed three babies and two adults on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin

A Queens "birthing center" worker accused of slashing three infants and two adults on Friday has been arraigned on five counts of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

YuFen Wang, 52, appeared in Queens Criminal Court late Monday and Judge Toni Cimino ordered her held without bail, the spokeswoman said.

According to a two-page criminal complaint, Wang, for reasons that are still unknown, slashed the three infants, ranging in age from 13 days to 33 days old, early on Friday morning inside a three-story residence on 161st Street in Flushing. The location is known in the community as a birthing center, where immigrant mothers from China go to either give birth or leave their newborns for care, a police official said.

Police said Wang’s family had reported that she seemed depressed before the attacks but a motive remained unclear. The location also reportedly is not listed with the city as an official day care center.

In addition to the attacks on the infants, Wang is accused of slashing the 31-year-old father of one of the newborns as he tried to stop her, according to a statement from Brown. Wang also cut the face, chest and legs of a 63-year-old woman who worked at the facility, Brown said.

A fourth infant, about 22 days old, sustained a skull fracture, possibly through jostling, as another woman tried to protect the child during the attacks, an NYPD official said. The four infants remained hospitalized Tuesday in stable condition, the official said.

Cops said they recovered two knives at the location. One was found on the first floor and apparently used in the slashing attacks. A second knife was recovered in the basement where Wang was found with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds to her neck and wrist, said Brown.

Defense attorney Mihea Kim didn’t return a telephone call for comment on Tuesday.


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