‘An alarming act of violence’: Mother arrested in connection to double stabbing that killed 7-year-old son, police say

Authorities say a mother will face murder and attempted murder charges in a double stabbing in a Paterson apartment that left her 7-year-old son dead and her 17-year-old son wounded.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 10:38 AM

Updated 1,106 days ago

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Authorities say a mother will face murder and attempted murder charges in a double stabbing in a Paterson apartment that left her 7-year-old son dead and her 17-year-old son wounded.
According to Passaic County prosecutors, police were called to the third-floor unit on North 6th Street Saturday just after 7 a.m. and found the two juveniles with stab wounds.
Prosecutors say both were rushed to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where they say the 7-year-old was pronounced dead. The victims’ mother, Iris Tolentino, 46, is behind bars.
The 17-year-old was treated and released. A third brother, a 15-year-old also in the unit, was unharmed.
Mayor Andrew Sayegh says the 7-year-old was a victim of domestic violence.
“An alarming act of violence that turned into an unspeakable tragedy and we lost a 7-year-old young man,” Sayegh says.
Police said the woman resisted arrest and caused minor injuries to two officers, prosecutors say. She also faces aggravated assault.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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