A 7-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a Bronx hospital after she was stabbed several times, and police said her grandmother has been charged.
Neighbors near Clinton Avenue and East 169th Street in the Morrisania neighborhood heard the scream around 8 a.m. Tuesday, then they saw an unthinkable sight: a young girl laying motionless in the arms of a police officer, who found her unconscious after being called to the scene.
"Nobody wants to hear that a child got hurt, especially in your neighborhood where your children go to school. Where you take care of children. That’s terrible. I feel really bad," said Anna Martinez, who runs an at-home daycare nearby and saw the girl in the cop's arms.
Martinez said the officer carried the girl to his police vehicle and immediately took off before an ambulance arrived.
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Law enforcement sources told NBC New York that a family member inside the home discovered the girl had been stabbed multiple times in her chest and neck. The male relative quickly called police and told them his mother had stabbed his niece, sources said.
"From head to toe. From her face all the way down, she had blood all over the place," said Martinez.
The girl was hospitalized in critical condition, according to police, but is expected to survive.
Sources said that the young victim lives in New Jersey and was in the Bronx visiting her grandmother. It wasn't clear who dropped the girl off at the home, or where her parents were. Investigators recovered a knife in the apartment.
The grandmother was taken into police custody and transferred to the hospital for an evaluation. The woman, who has not yet been identified, was later charged with attempted murder, according to police.
No other details were immediately available. An investigation is ongoing.