ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies said a man stabbed a mother, her daughter and another man overnight. The suspect is in jail, and his victims are still in the hospital.
KRQE News 13 spoke with the mother’s dad over the phone, who said his daughter and granddaughter are still in ICU. He wants to know why this happened.
A 10-year-old girl is fighting for her life in critical condition, with stab wounds to her face and head. Her mother is also badly hurt.
“I guess they’ve got to be out of their mind, to do something like that to a kid,” said Edwing Rodriguez, the victims’ neighbor. “What is a kid going to do in defense to that?”
Overnight, deputies said 27-year-old Samantha Garcia and her daughter were stabbed several times in their bedroom by 43-year-old Leroy Lindsey.
“Anytime that you have a stabbing, it’s a very horrific type of crime, but when you put a 10-year-old child into a situation like that, words just can’t describe it,” said Sgt. Aaron Williamson of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
BCSO deputies said Lindsey, his sister, and her boyfriend, were all guests staying overnight with Garcia near 2nd Street and Alameda.
Just before 1 a.m. Friday, deputies said Lindsey started banging on Garcia’s bedroom door while she slept.
“Once he gained entry into Garcia’s room, there was some type of struggle,” explained Williamson.
Investigators said Lindsey stabbed Garcia in her arms, legs and torso, then he attacked her daughter. Another man was also stabbed when he tried to intervene.
Authorities said Lindsey jumped in a car with that man and his sister when they tried to get away, but they were pulled over just down the block.
Detectives said Lindsey tried to run, but was quickly arrested. For now, they’re trying to piece together what sparked the attack.
Lindsey is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, two counts of attempt to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery, and kidnapping.
The victim’s dad told KRQE News 13 on Friday that his daughter is talking, while his granddaughter is heavily sedated. He said the mother had her other daughter in the bedroom during the stabbing, but she was not injured.
The other man who was stabbed is also in the hospital, and is expected to be OK.
Investigators believe Lindsey was drunk or high during the attack. He has a lengthy criminal history dating back to the ’90s, which includes arrests for drugs.