2 Sons Stabbed in the Back of the Head While Protecting Their Mother

March 7, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—Police have arrested the suspect connected to a brutal attack that left a 37-year-old Asian mother and her two sons injured with multiple stab wounds on Sunday afternoon, March 6.

The mother of two suffered multiple stab wounds and was brought to a local hospital, where she is currently listed in critical condition.

Authorities say the attacker also stabbed the woman’s 15-year-old son twice in the back of his head and her 10-year-old son once in the back of his head and once in his left leg. They’re both in stable condition.

According to CBS Philadelphia, witnesses stated the boys were stabbed while trying to protect their mother.

The suspect is now identified as Hengjian Ni. Image via CBS3

“They said he was stabbing the mom and the kids came down to help and that’s how they got stabbed,” a neighbor told CBS News.

Other witnesses also stated they saw the attacker, who they said was carrying a backpack, and nonchalantly walked away after the attack, leaving the mother fighting for her life.

A few seconds later, the children told neighbors the man who attacked their mom followed them outside. They also said he was a co-worker of their mom, reports CBS News.

“I didn’t know what he was going to do, if he was going to try to attack them again,” a neighbor said. “So I said, ‘Run, run, run, inside my house.’ So we all ran inside my basement.”

The neighbor says as she was hustling the kids and herself inside, she glanced back to see if the suspect was following them.

“He just turned around, he looked at us, and just casually walked away,” she said.

Authorities say about two hours after the attack, the suspected attacker turned himself in. Police have not yet released his name.

Screenshot via CBS Philly

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