WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An employee of an illegally-operating day care center in New York City has been formally charged with five counts of attempted murder.
- Yu Fen Wang, 52, stabbed 5 people, including 3 infants and 2 adults, and then cut herself in the wrist, apparently trying to commit suicide.
- Wang is recovering from her wounds in a hospital while all her five victims are also all expected to completely recover.
Yu Fen Wang, an employee of an unlicensed New York City child care facility has been formally charged with five counts of attempted murder. The 52-year-old was accused of stabbing three newborn babies and two adults inside the daycare last Friday.
Wang is still recovering in a hospital from self-inflicted lacerations to her left wrist, officials said. She is also reportedly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation but has yet to enter pleas to the charges.
Authorities said that all the five stabbing victims are also all expected to recover.
Wang’s motive in attacking the babies, age ranging from 3 days to 1 month, is still unknown.
According to Chen Wang, the father of one of the victims, the Mei Xin Care facility in Flushing, Queens provide month-long care to both mothers and newborns, the New York Post reported.
The traditional practice called “zuo yue zi” meaning “sitting the month” is common in East and Southeast Asia.
Chen Wang, who is not related to the suspect, told the Post that his infant daughter, Atiana, was stabbed in the torso.
According to the New York Times, law enforcement officials suspected that the illegally-run daycare facility catered to Asian mothers who went to the U.S. to give birth on American soil, thereby granting citizenship to the newborn. This practice is called “birth tourism.”
Some officials said the center may have been providing maternity services for immigrant pregnant women who do not have relatives in the area.
The Mei Xin Care center has not returned PEOPLE’s calls for comments.
The investigation is still ongoing. It was also undetermined if the suspect had gotten a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.