Authorities have arrested and are questioning a 20-year-old man suspected of carrying out a horrible killing spree at a day care center in Dendermonde, Belgium, the star tribune reports.
The suspect has been accused of stabbing two babies and one female worker to death, as well as seriously wounding at least 12 others, 10 of whom were children.
Horrified parents rushed to nearby Our Lady Hospital to tend to their injured children. Health care workers gave detailed accounts of finding and rescuing crying, slashed babies.
Dr. Ignace Demeyer, leader of emergency services at Our Lady Hospital, told media that of the 10 injured babies, six underwent surgery. He added that at the time of his press conference, all the babies were in stable condition.
“This was a particularly violent attack. All the kids had multiple stab wounds on their legs, arms and all over their bodies,” said Demeyer.
Mayor Piet Buyse offered his condolences to the families of the injured babies, and also condemned the brutal killings.
“An act of great brutality has happened here against our weakest citizens,” he said. “The whole city is united in support for the parents who are in deep grief.”
Prosecutor Christian De Four told media that the attacker rode his bike up to the center around 10 a.m., entered, and immediately began slashing children.
The attacker, after the rampage, supposedly left the center, got back on his bike, and rode away before being arrested shortly after at a nearby supermarket.
The suspect is a man local police say has a history of mental illness. No kidding.
The suspect has yet to officially be charged and is currently being held in custody.