New York Daily News: By Mark Stamey & Emma Seiwell – Two boys, one 11 months old and the other 3 years old, were fatally stabbed in a Bronx family shelter on Saturday evening, police said.

The children were found at an address on Echo Place in Mount Hope, between the Grand Concourse and Richman Park.

NYPD officers and detectives investigate the fatal stabbing of two young children at an apartment building on Echo Place in Mount Hope, the Bronx, on Saturday.
NYPD officers and detectives investigate the fatal stabbing of two young children at an apartment building on Echo Place in Mount Hope, the Bronx, on Saturday – Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News

Both boys suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso, said police.

“Despite the officers’ best efforts, both children succumbed to their injuries,” said NYPD Deputy Chief Louis De Ceglie.

Police sources said the boys’ 22-year-old mother was in custody, but had not been charged as of late Saturday night.

Police learned of trouble at the shelter at 7:20pm when officers from the 46th Precinct arrived and found the childrens’ mother naked in a third-floor apartment, acting irrationally but not violently, De Ceglie told reporters.

Inside the kitchen oven, the woman was trying to burn something — “stones,” possibly charcoal, said a police source. Authorities believed what the mother had in the oven generated carbon monoxide in the home, the police source said.

“The officers took the female into custody without incident,” De Ceglie said. At about 7:50pm, an ambulance took the woman to St Barnabas Hospital, he said.

In a bathroom in the apartment, the officers found an overflowing bathtub filled with clothes — and it was possible that unbeknownst to the officers, the children were beneath the clothes, said a police source.

But the children’s exact whereabouts at the time of the tub discovery remained uncertain late Saturday, the source said.

A family friend told the officers that the woman’s two children were in the care of their father, said De Ceglie.

But minutes later, at 7:55pm police got a 911 call from someone in the shelter who reported that two babies were not breathing.

“Patrol officers returned to the apartment, where they found an 11-month-old baby boy and a 3-year-old male unresponsive with stab wounds — multiple stab wounds,” De Ceglie said.

The officers and another family member tried to revive the children. An ambulance took the children to a hospital, but they could not be saved.

“The police officers who responded — I think they did a great job,” De Ceglie said. “And, you know, it’s something that they are going to have to live with and think about, probably for the rest of their lives.”

With Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy