NEWARK - Police in Newark are continuing to investigate the stabbing of an 8-year-old boy and the apparent suicide of his mother.

The boy was found stabbed in the chest Saturday night in front of the New Community Gardens apartment complex. About 12 hours later, authorities say they found the body of his mother, 26-year-old Ophelia Johnson, with a knife lodged in her chest in an apparent suicide.

One neighbor, Troy Bailey, says he spotted the boy shortly after he was stabbed. He says the boy was bleeding from his neck and that he was laying motionless on the ground.

Police are not releasing the boy's name, but have confirmed that he is in critical, but stable, condition at UMDNJ Hospital.