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Co-Worker Charged In Stabbing Of Mother, 2 Young Sons In Philadelphia's Mayfair Section

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged for allegedly stabbing a mother and her two sons in Philadelphia's Mayfair section last weekend, police say. Hengjian Ni, of New York, was arrested after turning himself in on Sunday and is being charged with three counts of attempt to commit murder, attempt to commit rape, and other related offenses.

Police say Ni is a co-worker of the female victim.

The incident happened on the 3200 block of Knorr Street around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

New York Man Hengjian Ni Charged With 3 Counts Of Attempt To Commit Murder For Allegedly Stabbing Mother, 2 Sons In Mayfair: Philadelphia Police

Police say Ni stabbed a 37-year-old woman multiple times throughout her body. She was placed in critical condition at Frankford-Torresdale.

The second victim, a 15-year-old boy, was stabbed twice in the back of his head. A 10-year-old boy was stabbed once in the back of his head and once in his left leg, according to officials. They're both in stable condition.

Witnesses told CBS3 the boys told them they were stabbed as they tried to protect their mom. 

 "They said he was stabbing the mom and the kids came down to help and that's how they got stabbed," a neighbor said. 

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