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Mother charged with attempted murder

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg woman has been charged with three counts of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing her two young children and sister on Thursday evening.

Police said Friday morning the two youngest victims — aged four months and nine years — have been upgraded to stable condition in hospital. The 32-year-old woman who was attacked was treated and released from hospital.

The accused was arrested at the scene and is now being held at the Winnipeg Remand Centre. She suffered no injuries in the incident, which occurred just after 5 p.m. inside a 4th-floor suite at the Manitoba Housing highrise complex at 355 Kennedy St.

Police said the woman was in her downtown apartment with her four-month-old son, nine-year-old son, 32-year-old sister, and her sister's four-month-old daughter, when, for reasons unknown at this time, she stabbed her baby repeatedly to the lower body. Police said the woman then turned on her older son and allegedly stabbed him in the midsection.

When the woman attempted to attack her baby niece, the sister intervened and was stabbed in the arm.

The baby was initially rushed to hospital in critical condition while the young boy was in unstable condition.

The Free Press has learned the accused mother has recently been suffering from post-partum depression and made a series of bizarre statements to police following her arrest. Police, who had to use a translator to interview the woman Thursday night, are investigating what, if any, role that condition or any other possible mental-health issue may have played.

Sources say the mother was the one who called police just after the attack. She allegedly left her apartment and calmly waited in the lobby for police to arrive. The woman was led to a police car, her hands cuffed behind her back. She was wearing a long yellow dress and appeared to have a white gown covering part of her body.

The woman is originally from Africa and has no prior criminal record, but was taken to hospital by ambulance on Feb. 19, according to a source. She had given birth just a few weeks earlier and was report­edly suffering from post-partum depression. It's not known how long she was hospitalized or what kind of treatment she received.

The attacks created a chaotic rush-hour scene downtown, with more than a dozen police cars, ambulances and first responders converging on the scene. The incident occurred one block from Central Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many refugees and immigrants.

 

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