NY birthing centre stabbing: Three babies and two adults knifed

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A woman stabbed five people - including three newborn babies - and then slashed her wrist early Friday inside a New York City home that was apparently being used as an unlicensed neighborhood nursery for new mothers and their children, authorities said.

The attack happened just before 4am (8pm NZT) in the Flushing neighbourhood of Queens.

The infant victims were a 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl, both of whom were stabbed in the abdomen, and a 20-day-old girl, who suffered cuts to her ear, chin and lip, police say.

The 52-year-old suspect, who has not been named by police, was revived after responding New York Police Department (NYPD) applied a tourniquet on her arm.

The injuries were not considered to be life threatening, police said.

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Readers who are seeking assistance can call Lifeline on 131114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. Two knives were recovered at the scene and all the injured were taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition, police told reporters.

Other children at the day care weren't injured, authorities said. One adult female had multiple stab wounds on the torso, while the adult male had stab wounds to the leg.

Nine babies were in the house at the time of the attack.

Police said earlier that the suspect attacked two baby girls and a baby boy, leaving one of the girls in a serious condition. Her relationship with the children wasn't immediately clear. So far, paperwork has been found showing it is likely a day care facility, officials said.