NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A 9-year-old girl was stabbed in Queens on Tuesday.
The child, Brianni Davis, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, 1010 WINS reported.
1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reports
The child's mother, Ann Carimbocas, 44, is in custody. The mother stabbed Brianni four times: once in the back of the head, once in the shoulder, once in the side and once in the back, police told 1010 WINS.
"It's the most horrible thing you could imagine; anyone doing something to a child, you know?" Pat Etienne, the wife of the family's landlord, told CBS 2's John Slattery. "I look through the window and see the lady like this, in handcuffs."
Earlier, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the child wasn't expected to survive the attack. However, she was listed in critical but stable condition early Tuesday evening.
"She was laying on her back, on back, so you couldn't see the wound and stuff like that," neighbor Wanda Walthour said.
Police said Carimbocas and her daughter were visiting friends. They'd stayed overnight, but then something went very wrong. The mother allegedly attacked the girl with an eight-inch chef's knife at a residence on 176th Street at around 10:45 a.m., police said. The mother was said to be incoherent, 1010 WINS reported.
"She was like crazy, came out of the house laughing and singing like, so what if I did this to my kid? Not wrapped too tight," Walthour said.
Police said there was a man in the home at the time who saw what happened. So far, police haven't disclosed what relationship he had with Brianni or her mother. The man's leg was cut, but he was able to hold the mother until officers got there, police said.
"When they were taking the girl, the victim on the gurney, her legs were flying all over the place, more like that's a dead body," neighbor Ronald Jean-Baptiste told CBS 2's Slattery.
Police were unable to provide a motive for the peculiar attack, which had neighbors a bit rattled.
"I mean it's sad. It's horrible. Who would do that, especially to your own child?" Simone Thompson said.
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