A woman stabbed three infants and two adults at a day care in Queens before turning the blade on herself early Friday morning, according to law-enforcement officials.
The woman suspected in the attack was discovered bleeding and unconscious in the basement, and after officers applied a tourniquet, she regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital, police said.
The babies ranged from three days old to one month old, New York Police Department assistant chief Juanita Holmes said.
A father was stabbed in the leg and a female employee suffered several stab wounds to the torso. "At one point, we thought she might have been likely (to die), but, thank God, she was upgraded".
A 52-year-old woman who worked at the day care was found with self-inflicted slash wounds to her left wrist and is in police custody in a hospital, Diamond reported. They are reportedly in critical but stable condition.
A police spokesperson earlier said that the childcare center appeared to be an "illegal" facility for members of the city's Asian community, but officers later clarified that its status was unclear.
Both the butcher knife and the meat cleaver were recovered by police. Prosecutors said they were aged 13 days, 22 days and 33 days.
But the site is not listed as the location of a licensed or regulated child care program with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, agency spokeswoman Monica Mahaffey said in a statement. Her relationship with the children wasn't immediately clear.