Man Stabs 1-Year-Old Child In North Hollywood Before Torching Apartment
A 1-year-old child was killed on Friday afternoon after being stabbed by a man in North Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. After stabbing the child, the man reportedly stabbed himself multiple times and set fire to the apartment where the stabbing took place. Though several other news outlets are reporting that the victim in the incident was a 2-year-old girl who was thrown from an apartment window, LAPD officer Norma Eisenman says that this information is not accurate.
Officers first responded to a call of assault with a deadly weapon at 2:05 p.m. at an upper-level apartment unit in the 13200 block of Vanowen Street. When officers arrived at 2:09 p.m., they noticed smoke coming from an upper unit of the 28-unit apartment building, and called the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters confined the blaze to just one unit of the building, and had extinguished the fire by 2:31 p.m.
The child died at an area hospital after being transported there by her mother. The suspect, described as a Hispanic Male, was also transported to a nearby hospital where he is in police custody and is being treated for his self-inflicted wounds. Officers are investigating this incident as a homicide.
Though KABC reports that drugs may be involved, LAPD was unable to confirm this to LAist. KABC also reports that the suspect is the believed to be the child's father; LAPD was likewise unable to confirm this information as true.
Another adult woman was reportedly treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, according to KTLA.