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Grandmother stabs 7-year-old girl in the neck in the Bronx, police say

7-year-old girl critical hurt in Bronx stabbing
7-year-old girl critical hurt in Bronx stabbing 01:09

NEW YORK -- A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck. 

Sources told CBS2 the girl was attacked by her 65-year-old grandmother. 

Martiza Yauger was charged overnight with attempted murder, attempted manslaughter, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Just off busy 169th Street is a quiet row of homes, including 1317 Clinton Ave., scene of a terrible crime Tuesday morning: A 7-year-old stabbed in the neck, her 65-year-old grandmother taken into custody at the scene.

Cops rushed to the home after a 911 call from inside the house after someone found the injured child. 

"We just seen the cop running out with the child. The child was full of blood. We didn't even know what was really going on and what was happening at the moment," said Morrisania resident Ana Martinez. 

Martinez operates a daycare five doors from the scene of the attack. She says it's hard to process a grandmother in custody as a person of interest in an attack on a grandchild. 

"It's terrible to think that a human being would even do this to a child," Martinez said. "I'll be praying for that child."

"I'm a grandmother myself. I don't even have words for it. How are you going to harm your child's child?" said Morrisania resident China Aponte. 

Responding officers said the grandmother appeared to be emotionally disturbed, sources said. 

The 7-year-old spent long hours with doctors at Lincoln Hospital as they treated her injuries. She is listed in critical but stable condition, and she is expected to survive.

A knife was found at the scene.

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