New York: A Chinese immigrant has been arrested on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in a late-night stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home.
The New York Police Department said on Sunday that Ming Don Chen, 25, has implicated himself in the deaths. Mr Chen is a cousin of the children's father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so, Chief of Department Phil Banks said.
Officers who arrived at the scene late on Saturday found all five victims unconscious and unresponsive, police said. 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, police said.
Banks said the victims "were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife".
The victims were identified as Qiao Zhen Li, 37, and her children, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo, 7-year-old Amy Zhuo, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 1-year-old William Zhuo.
Mr Chen was in custody and wasn't immediately available to comment.
Fire department spokesman Jim Long said emergency workers responded just before 11pm to a 911 call from a person stabbed at the residence in the Sunset Park neighbourhood, a working-class neighbourhood of adjoining two-storey brick buildings.
Neighbour May Chan told the Daily News it was "heartbreaking" to learn of the deaths.
"I always see [the kids] running around here," Ms Chan said. "They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming."
Bob Madden, who lives nearby, was out walking his dog when he saw a man being escorted from the building by police. He was barefoot, wearing jeans, and "he was staring, he was expressionless", Mr Madden said.
Yuan Gao, a cousin of the mother, said the man had recently moved to the area and had been staying with different people.