A Selden mother was being held for observation Wednesday at a Queens hospital after she allegedly stabbed her 9-year-old daughter numerous times with a kitchen knife on Tuesday, officials said.
Ann Carimbocas, 44, was taken into custody by police after they responded to an address in Springfield Gardens, Queens, and learned that she had attacked her child, Briana Davis, police said. A police official said the incident appeared to have been sparked by a dispute between mother and daughter over the child's behavior.
Lindsay Fortune, 34, who lives across the street from the house where the attack took place, said he witnessed the arrival of most of the police and other emergency units. "I came outside early, about 10:30," he said. "I saw a cop car outside the house, and to me that was very rare to see. It's a nice quiet neighborhood."
Within a couple of minutes, Fortune said, "there were three or four more cop cars and two ambulances, and they [police and EMTs] all ran towards the back of house."
A few minutes later, police brought Carimbocas out in handcuffs, Fortune said. "She had no emotion on her face. She just looked straight ahead."
About five or 10 minutes later, they brought the girl out on a gurney. "They had her wrapped in sheets," he said. "She was kind of conscious but seemed woozy. You could see the blood on her face . . . She was bleeding a lot."
Davis was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, where she was treated for her injuries and, according to reports, transferred to a North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System hospital near Manhasset.
Carimbocas was taken by police to Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, said a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Both mother and daughter had spent Monday night in Queens, police said.
A criminal complaint -- charging Carimbocas with attempted murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child -- has been prepared but it's unlikely that she'll be arraigned until she is out of the hospital, the spokeswoman said.
With Bill Mason