A New York mother shot by police after she stabbed two officers who tried to help her unresponsive toddler has been named as Cynthia Arce. Her two-year-old daughter, Gabriella Maria Boyd (pictured) was confirmed as dead later that same day
The dying two-year-old girl who cops desperately attempted to save despite her knife wielding mother’s attacks, has been pictured.
Cynthia Arce, 28, was shot by police during the incident at her home in Mamaroneck, New York on Saturday.
She remains in hospital while her daughter, Gabriella Maria Boyd, was confirmed as dead later that same day.
Authorities have not yet released any details about the manner of her death but NBC report it is being investigated as a homicide.
‘I would call this a tragedy,’ Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza of the Village of Mamaroneck police Department said Saturday.
Cops were called to the property over reports about a woman screaming.
When officers arrived on the scene around 1.30pm they found the two-year-old girl unresponsive, but when they tried to help her, Arce charged at them knife in hand, according toABC7.
Upon entering the home, officers asked Arcer to show her hands as they called an ambulance and tried to help the little girl.
Instead of complying, the mother attacked and stabbed two officers with the knife, police say.
Officers responded by using a taser and opening fire.
‘The female then attacked the officers with a knife, injuring two of them,’ Village of Mamaroneck Police Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza in a news conference.
‘Tasers were deployed, which failed to stop the female. The female was then shot by one of the officers,’ she added.
Officers attempted to save the life of the toddler and called for an ambulance, and both mother and child were taken to the hospital, where Gabriella later died.
The cause of the little girl’s death is pending an autopsy.
Cynthia Arce stabbed two police officers with a knife in this Marmaroneck, New York home on Saturday after cops tried to help her two-year-old daughter
Police were called to the scene around 1.30pm after receiving calls about a woman screaming
Two officers were also treated for minor injuries and another two were evaluated, according to CBS2.
It is not clear why the mother was holding a knife.
‘I saw cops coming down the block, ambulances coming down the block, firetrucks. It was obviously something big, because it was like every cop in the world,’ a witness on the scene told CBS.
‘There were several officers running with assault rifles,’ another added.
Neighbors say the suburban area is usually very calm but police were spotted at the home the night prior. It is not clear if Friday night’s police visit is related to the Saturday incident.
Mamaroneck Police Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza, pictured above, told press that after she stabbed officers, police used a taser on the woman and shot her and she is in the hospital recuperating
On Friday night two officers went to the home on 507 Chestnut Avenue and spoke to a man.
‘I just looked out the window, and it was like two cops were talking to him. And I was like, ‘I wonder why,” a witness told ABC.
‘There’s a variety of people that live there. One is a youngish mother, I believe,’ they added.
Another local said no one knows who lives in the home as its rooms are rented out.
‘That house had rented out rooms for a while so that’s like the one house we don’t really know exactly who they are,’ Kyle Wildenberd said to ABC.
The investigation is ongoing as police is it is unclear if she will face charges.