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A Paterson woman faces murder charges after authorities said she stabbed her 7-year-old son at his home on Saturday morning.
Iris Tolentino, 46, is also charged with the attempted murder of her 17-year-old son, who was treated and released by St. Joseph’s University medical center, according to Passaic County prosecutors. Another 15-year-old son was also in the apartment, but was not injured, authorities said.
N.J. woman charged with murder of 7-year-old son, stabbing of other child, police say
A Paterson woman is facing murder charges after authorities say she stabbed her 7-year-old son to death inside their apartment Saturday morning.
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Police were called to the North 6th Street apartment at 7:04 am Saturday and found two children with stab wounds upon arrival. A 7-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times and stopped responding, according to a joint statement from Passaic Camelia County Prosecutor Mr. Valdés and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora.
The 17-year-old son, who was stabbed in the arm, restrained Tolentino in the apartment’s bathroom by keeping the door closed until officers arrived, authorities said. The 7-year-old boy was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
When the police tried to arrest Tolentino, they opposed the arrest and, according to prosecutors, slightly injured two police officers. She was taken to Saint-Joseph for a mental health exam and admitted pending assessment, the statement said. If released, she will face charges, authorities said.
Hours earlier, Paterson’s mayor Andre Sayegh had expressed sorrow over the loss of a baby in the town, calling the death “bowel pain.”
“Our community is in mourning and personally, as a parent, I am shocked and saddened by what happened this morning,” he said in a statement.
The mayor is committed to facilitating all the support options available to the family. “I ask the church to keep both the victim and the family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” he said.