Queens resident Yufen Wang, 52, was charged with five counts of second-degree attempted murder this week for the horrific stabbing of three newborn babies at a birthing center in Flushing in the early morning of Friday, Sept. 21.
Police said Wang was a worker at the facility when she got angry; stabbed a 63-year-old woman in the face, leg and chest; and then attacked three infant girls, ages 13 days old, 22 days old and 33 days old. Meng Xu, the 31-year-old father of one of the infants, tried to stop Wang and was stabbed in the leg and wrist.
The 22-day-old girl suffered slashes to her face, chest and ear. The 33-day-old infant girl sustained injuries to her abdomen and back. The 13-day-old suffered knife wounds to her abdomen, face and chest.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement, “The defendant in this case is charged with an unimaginable act—an attack on defenseless, innocent babies. Using a knife, the defendant assaulted a father at the location, a female worker and slashed and stabbed three newborn babies. The youngest victim was just 13 days old. The defendant was hired to care for and protect the infants; sadly she was the danger. This kind of senseless violence cannot go unpunished, and the defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration.”
Wang was arrested in the basement of the building with self-inflicted wounds to her wrist. She has been held in custody at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens. If convicted, Wang faces between five and 25 years in prison.