A MOTHER and her four young children, including a toddler, were killed in a late-night stabbing rampage at their home in New York City, and a man has been taken into custody, police said.
Officers who arrived at the scene found all five victims unconscious and unresponsive, police reported.
Two girls and a boy were pronounced dead at the scene, while another boy and the woman were taken to Brooklyn hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, an NYPD spokesperson said.
The victims were identified as 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her children, Linda Zhuo (9), Amy Zhuo (7), Kevin Zhuo (5), and one-year-old William Zhuo.
A man identified by police as a person of interest has been taken into custody, but no charges had been filed.
Fire department spokesman Jim Long said emergency workers responded just before 11pm to a call from a person stabbed at the residence in Sunset Park, a working-class neighbourhood of adjoining two-story brick buildings.
Neighbour May Chan said that it was "heartbreaking" to learn of the deaths.
"I always see (the kids) running around here," Chan said. "They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming."