2 babies found dead in Queens NYCHA development, mother being questioned

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WOODSIDE, Queens — A 6-week-old baby with trauma to the body was found dead in a crib and another baby was found dead under the sink inside an apartment in a Queens New York City Housing Authority development on Thursday, police said.

Officers responded to a call at the Woodside Houses on 51st Street around 3:30 p.m. after a family member concerned about the children went to the apartment, police said.

One of the babies was found in the crib, but the other baby was found wrapped in a blanket under the sink, NYPD officials said. A knife was recovered at the scene and it appears one of the babies may have had stab wounds.

After officers discovered the first baby and questioned the mother about the second, she pointed to the sink, officials said.

Both babies were unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived. Emergency medical services pronounced them deceased at the scene.

The mother was taken to the local NYPD precinct to be questioned. Police have not charged the 23-year-old woman.

Police identified the infants as Dallis and Dakota Bentley.

The babies were born in March, officials said.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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