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Three babies among five stabbed in New York childcare centre

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At least five people, including three infants, have been stabbed at an overnight childcare centre in New York City, police say.

Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, have been stabbed at an overnight day care centre in Queens.

NBC New York reports that authorities say the stabbings happened just before 4am on Friday.

One of the infants, a girl, is in serious condition, but none of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

A sixth person was found in the basement of the day care centre in the Flushing neighbourhood. Police say she had slashed her left wrist and is in custody at a hospital.

Police say a man who was injured was stabbed in the leg and is the father of a child who was at the day care centre.

It isn't clear whether his child was among those stabbed. Another adult who was hurt is a woman who works at the centre.

"It looks to be an illegal" childcare facility, apparently for members of the city's Asian community, the police spokesman told AFP. 

"We're unsure of its legality at this time."

It was not immediately clear how many other children were at the center at the time of the assault. 

A motive for the stabbings hasn't been determined.

-- Additional reporting AFP

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