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Police: 11-month-old, 3-year-old fatally stabbed in the Bronx, mother taken into custody

2 children stabbed to death in Mount Hope, The Bronx
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NEW YORK -- Police say two children were stabbed to death in the Bronx on Saturday, and their mother has been taken into custody.

It happened at an apartment in a family shelter on Echo Place near Anthony Avenue in the Mount Hope section.

The NYPD says around 7:20 p.m., officers were sent to the apartment for a report of a female acting irrationally. Police were told she did not have any weapons, but she was trying to burn items in the kitchen area.

When officers arrived, they found a 24-year-old woman inside the apartment, acting irrationally. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to a local hospital around 7:50 p.m.

Police say before the officers left for the hospital, a family friend told them the woman's children were with their father.

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Around 7:55 p.m., police say there was another 911 call from the same location reporting two children were unresponsive and not breathing.

Officers returned and found an 11-month-old boy and 3-year-old boy with multiple stab wounds to their necks and torsos.

The officers and another family member attempted to resuscitate the children until the ambulance arrived. They were taken to a local hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.

One neighbor saw the kids taken out on a stretcher.

"We don't know what's going on. I just heard them yelling and screaming. He kept saying, screaming, 'Help me, help me, help me.' That's when he run the boys out. They were naked and blood all over them," she told CBS2's Jennifer Bisram. "He said, 'She killed them, she killed them.'"

Police say the children's mother is a person of interest and she has been taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

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