Authorities in New Jersey say a 31-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the stabbing of two neighborhood children while they slept.
Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor's office, says 31-year-old Osvaldo Rivera, of Camden, was arrested Sunday afternoon.
Rivera is in jail awaiting arraignment.
With his mother in the hospital and his father out of state, a 6-year-old boy and his siblings were under the care of a teenager when Laughlin allegedly entered their New Jersey residence at night and killed him while he slept, authorities say.
Dominick Andujor’s 12-year-old sister also was critically wounded, her throat slit, as she slept in another room at the Camden home, authorities say. She was hospitalized at Cooper University Hospital, which would not discuss her condition, citing privacy concerns.
A 9-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, who was babysitting the three younger children, were unharmed, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office.
Camden County prosecutors said Dominick was pronounced dead at the scene; they would not release further details on the attack, including what type of weapon was used.
The wounded girl, whose name was not released, went door to door in the neighborhood to get help and finally reached the home of McCray, who called 911. McCray said the girl ‘‘was barely breathing’’ and bleeding profusely when emergency personnel arrived.
The teenager had been babysitting the other three children because their mother, who recently underwent surgery, was still in the hospital. Authorities said Dominick’s father lives out of state. It was not known if he also was the father of the other children.
Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, continually ranks as one of the nation’s most dangerous. The double stabbing comes shortly after another child died a violent death in the city.
On Aug. 22, a 33-year-old Camden woman allegedly decapitated her 2-year-old toddler and then fatally stabbed herself.