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The wild attack occurred inside this 161st Street building.
By Forum Staff
A Queens woman has been indicted for attempted murder in the knife attack of three infants and two adults.
A Queens County grand jury indicted Yufen Wang, 52, of Cherry Avenue in Flushing for attempted murder, assault and other charges in the unprovoked knife attack of three newborns and two other individuals during the early morning hours of Friday, September 21.
These two individuals- one being a father and another female worker – sustained serious injuries in their attempts to thwart the defendant’s efforts to continue her heinous crime. Queens District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant carried out a brutal attack on several individuals including defenseless, innocent children. With a knife in hand, the defendant slashed and stabbed several infants- the youngest victim just 13-days old – a father staying at the location and another female caregiver. Her unspeakable actions will not go unpunished.”
The defendant was indicted on 10-counts charging her with four counts of second-degree attempted murder, four counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Suzanne J. Melendez, who ordered the defendant to return to court November 16. According to the indictment, at approximately 3 a.m., on September 21, 2018, the defendant allegedly knifed a fellow caretaker, a 63-year-old woman, seven times in the leg, face and chest as she was feeding an infant in the kitchen of a three-story residence located at 43-67 161st Street. Wang also stabbed the infant the woman was feeding at the time, before proceeding to harm the other inhabitants of the residence. A father to one of the children in the center awoke to the sounds of Wang slashing and stabbing two more baby girls and tried to stop the knife-wielding woman. The defendant then stabbed 31- year-old Meng Xu in the leg and bit him on the wrist. The female co-worker sustained knife wounds to her face, chest and legs.
Wang’s infant victims were left with a range of severe injuries. A 22-day-old girl injured during the melee suffered lacerations to her face, chest and ear. A 33-day-old infant girl sustained injuries to her abdomen and back. The youngest of the victims, just 13-days-old suffered knife wounds to her abdomen, face and chest. The District Attorney said police recovered two knives at the scene, one on the first floor, which was used by Wang to attack the victims and a second knife in the basement, where the defendant fled to following the crime and was later apprehended with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds to her neck and wrist.
If convicted, the defendant faces between 5 and 25 years in prison.