Baby dies, mother in critical after stabbing attack near Sacramento

SACRAMENTO Calif. Fri Aug 8, 2014 12:32am EDT

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SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A six-month old baby died and his mother was in critical condition after a family member stabbed them both on Thursday in a Sacramento suburb, police said.

The 20-year-old alleged assailant, the woman's nephew, was shot by police and also died, Folsom police spokesman Andrew Bates said.

"The first officer to arrive contacted a male in his early 20's who was covered in blood and advanced on the officer," Bates said. "The suspect had just stabbed his aunt and her 6-month old son."

The officer shot the man once, Bates said. The man, his aunt and the baby were all sent to hospitals, and the baby and the assailant were later pronounced dead, he said.

Their identities were not released on Thursday.

Bates said that investigator were looking into whether the assailant intended to commit "suicide by cop," Bates said, based on information from witnesses.

The baby's mother is in intensive care, in critical condition, at a local hospital, he said.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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