KEY POINTS

  • A wellness check prompted by a concerned relative led to police discovering the dead newborn twins inside their Queens apartment
  • The boy was found with what police said were stab wounds in a crib while the girl was wrapped in a pink blanket under the sink
  • The mother, who police said did not have any past arrests, was taken into custody for questioning

A 23-year-old mother has been arrested after her 6-week-old twins were found dead inside their Queens, New York, apartment Thursday afternoon.

Police said the infants, a boy and a girl, were found at 3:10 p.m. in a NYC Housing Authority apartment at 51st Street and 32nd Avenue, the New York Post reported. A concerned relative had reportedly called authorities and asked them to conduct a wellness check, which prompted the search by police.

Officers first found the dead body of the boy in a bedroom crib with what appeared to be stab wounds, according to police sources.

When asked about the second child, the mother allegedly "pointed towards the sink," NYPD Housing Chief David Barrere said at a press briefing Thursday night.

Police found the girl's dead body wrapped in a pink blanket under the kitchen sink. Emergency medical services pronounced both infants dead at the scene, police said.

The city's Medical Examiner's Offices will determine the causes of their deaths.

According to police, a knife was recovered at the apartment.

Following the discovery of the dead infants, the mother, whose name wasn't released, was taken to the 114th Precinct for questioning, sources said.

Barrere pointed out that aside from receiving a prior summons, the mother apparently did not have any past arrests.

"I'm so sad. I'm shook. I'm heartbroken," a neighbor said. 

"It's disbelief we're all feeling here," she added. "We just can't believe it happened this close to home."

Another neighbor said, "I'm sickened. I'm dismayed ... it's just horrendous."

A similarly gruesome incident occured in November of last year when police discovered the dead bodies of newborn twins wrapped in a brown paper bag outside a Bronx apartment. 

Authorities ruled the twins' deaths a homicide earlier this month and raised the reward offered for any information that can help with the investigation to $10,000 from an initial $2,500.

police-780322_1920 Representation. Police arrested the mother after her newborn twins were found dead. Photo: Pixabay