PATERSON, N.J. — A child was fatally stabbed and a teen was injured in Paterson Saturday morning, officials said.
The mother of the two children is in custody at the hospital, according to a law enforcement source. The source told PIX11 News the mother has a history of mental illness.
Police were called to a home on North Sixth Street for reports of a stabbing just after 7 a.m., Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora said in a joint statement.
Arriving officers found a 7-year-old and a 17-year-old with apparent stab wounds, according to the officials.
They rushed both victims to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. The teen was treated and released from the hospital, officials said.
Further information regarding suspects or arrests was not immediately provided by the prosecutor’s office or police department.
Mayor Andre Sayegh said in a Facebook post Saturday that “alarming act of domestic violence has turned into an unspeakable tragedy. Consoling the family of the young victim and asking all of you to pray for the father and the two sons.”
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or email@example.com or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.
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