Neighbors in Camden, NJ are once again devastated by a brutal stabbing that left one 6-year-old boy dead and his 12-year-old sister in critical condition.
The stabbing comes less than two weeks after Camden mother Chevonne Thomas decapitated her 2-year-old son Zahree before stabbing herself in a murder/suicide that rocked the small town.
This time, ABC News reports that the two children were asleep in their home when, before 2:20 Sunday morning, the attacker entered the home and cut their throats, leaving their 14-year-old sister unharmed.
Attacker Cuts Sleeping Children’s Throats in Camden, NJ
NJ.com reports that another 9-year-old girl was also in the home at the time, but was also uninjured.
After the attack, reports say that the 12-year-old, identified as Amber, was able to leave the home and go banging on neighbors’ doors asking for help. Police arrived at the scene and found her at a neighbor’s house with her throat slashed.
Neighbor Nakyta McCray, who called 911, told ABC News, “She kept crying about her little brother and sister was still in the house. I ran down the street to get them. When I got down there, there was blood everywhere. So I told one of the cops and he came down the street and went into the house and that’s when he radioed in that there was another victim.”
The other victim was Amber’s 6-year-old brother, identified as Domenic, reports ABC News. His throat had also been slashed. Both children were rushed to Cooper University Hospital, where Domenic was later pronounced dead.
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In spite of her injuries, ABC News reports that Amber was able to tell police that she knew the attacker and he was a local man who goes by the name “Papi,” who police believe injured himself in the attack and left a trail of blood leading to a nearby railroad track and into a junkyard.
NJ.com reports that Camden Police are searching for a Hispanic man who is “bleeding profoundly due to an apparent laceration to one of his hands” sustained during the incident.
“The children were being watched by their 14-year-old sister, who was asleep upstairs” says ABC News reporter David Henry. “Their mother has been in the hospital recovering from surgery.”
“This was to have been a celebration day for Amber,” adds Henry. “It is her 12th birthday, but instead of celebrating, she’s in the hospital in critical condition, fighting for her life.”