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Possible Baby Snatching Attempt Investigated After Newborn Is Found Near Fatally Stabbed Woman in New York

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Police investigate the death of a woman in what may have been a failed baby snatching attempt on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: WCBS)

Police are investigating if a botched baby snatching attempt occurred in New York after a newborn baby was discovered near the body of a woman who was stabbed to death, CNN reported Saturday.

The 22-year-old victim was stabbed in the 4450 block of Monticello Avenue in the Bronx around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

A newborn baby was found alive nearby and has since been determined to be healthy, doctors said.

Another woman in her early 20s told police she was the infant’s mother. She was detained following the deadly incident, and witnesses told CNN she was taken away in handcuffs.

Police, however, tell CNN they believe the woman who died was the mother.

When asked by a reporter if the attacker’s motive could have been to kidnap the child, Bronx City Councilman Andy King said:  “Yes, yes and that is what is being talked about early on, that it was a baby snatching, trying to.”

Police believe the victim and alleged attacker knew each other.

An autopsy and blood tests were expected to determine who the baby’s biological mother was.

CNN contributed to this report. 

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