Boy, 9, Stabbed to Death Visiting Relatives in Harlem

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    The boy was rushed to the hospital but it was too late to save him.

    A young mother is mourning the death of her 9-year-old son, who was stabbed this weekend while visiting relatives in Manhattan.
        
    Police say Anthony Maldonado was knifed in the chest early Saturday at a housing project in Harlem.
        
    The boy's uncle told reporters that Anthony knocked on his bedroom door at 3:30 a.m. saying, "Uncle, uncle, I've been stabbed."

    Then the child collapsed. His uncle dialed 911.
        
    Emergency personnel raced the boy to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, but his injuries were too grave. He died about an hour later.
        
    Police were investigating. No arrests had been made as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and police didn't have a motive. Police sources did say, however, that a man in his 20s was being questioned at the station in connection with the death of the 9-year-old boy from Palisades Park, N.J., according to the Daily News.

    "This person is probably not going to be going home tonight," the police source told the News.

    Meanwhile, cops were hunting through dumpsters in the housing project, General Grant Houses, and looking in elevator shafts in an apparent search for the knife that claimed the young boy's life.

    Cops told the paper the boy had been visiting his grandfather for the holiday weekend.

    "He was a nice boy," the uncle told the News.

    General Grant Houses is one of the city's largest housing projects, with 4,500 residents and nine buildings, according to The New York Times.