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Cops Charge Cousin in Brooklyn Stabbings

Husband's cousin had been living with slain mom, 4 kids
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2013 1:11 PM CDT
Cops Charge Cousin in Brooklyn Stabbings
Police officers wait outside a residence Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where five people, including a toddler, were stabbed to death earlier in New York. Emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the residence just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Two others...   (John Minchillo)

(Newser) – 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 today that 25-year-old Ming Don Chen has implicated himself in the deaths. Two girls, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo and 7-year-old Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with the youngest child, 1-year-old William Zhuo. Their brother, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 37-year-old mother, Qiao Zhen Li, were taken to hospitals, where they also were pronounced dead.

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Chief of Department Phil Banks says the victims "were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife." Banks says Chen is a cousin of the children's father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so. (Read more Brooklyn stories.)

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