Two tiny toddlers died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and body in a Bronx shelter on Saturday, police said, shortly after detaining the boys’ “erratic, naked mother” as a person of interest.
At approximately 7:20 p.m., a three-year-old and 11-month-old were slain in an apartment in a family shelter near Mount Hope.
Their 24-year-old mother was arrested around 7:50 p.m., police said in a late-night press conference, indicating the arrest occurred almost half an hour before the deaths were found.
Officers were dispatched to the residence after receiving a complaint at 7:20 p.m. about a woman’s erratic behavior. According to authorities, upon arrival they saw a naked woman in the kitchen setting fire to everything.
The woman was taken into custody without incident and transported to a local hospital for evaluation despite her odd behavior.
The father of the two boys discovered them motionless in the bathtub of their residence minutes after the officers had left, and phoned them back at 7:55 p.m.
Before their arrival, neighbors would assist the father in removing the boys from the bathtub and unsuccessfully resuscitating them. According to authorities, they were transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.
The unidentified mother is currently in custody as a person of interest, Deputy Chief Louis De Ceglie of Patrol Borough Bronx stated Saturday at 11 p.m. outside of 238 Echo Place.
“When officers arrived at the third-floor apartment, they discovered a 24-year-old woman acting irrationally while naked,” Chief De Ceglie told reporters outside the building.
De Ceglie stated that the initial report received by officers warned of a “female acting erratically but non-violently and without weapons.”
The officers arrested the female without incident and awaited the arrival of the ambulance.
De Ceglie stated that the woman was 24, while a police release stated that she was 22.
Due to the boys’ bodies being concealed in the bathroom at the time of the officers’ initial visit to the residence, it is believed that they were overlooked.
Upon discovering his sons’ brutally murdered bodies, the boys’ father, who has also not been identified, issued an emotional cry for assistance before the second arrival of the police.