A 65-year-old grandma was taken into custody after repeatedly stabbing her 7-year-old granddaughter in the neck.

Grandma Stabs Granddaughter

NYPD officers responded to a 911 call just after 8 a.m. February 21, regarding an aided individual inside 1317 Clinton Avenue. 

The grandma, identified as 65-year-old Maritza Yauger, was taken into police custody and transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. 

Maritza Yauger would pamper the youngster at the local beauty parlor, show her off on the block and spoil her with sweets when the girl visited from her home in New Jersey, locals told The Post on Wednesday.

“She adored that girl,” said Eva Devers, 66, a longtime friend of Yauger’s, adding that after hearing the news, “I said, ‘it can’t be!’”

“She loved that girl,” Devers said through tears. “She loved her very much.”

Friends and neighbors of the 65-year-old Bronx woman who allegedly repeatedly stabbed her 7-year-old granddaughter said they can’t make sense of how the seemingly doting grandmother could have committed such a brutal attack.

The Details

Upon arrival, officers observed a 7-year-old girl unconscious and unresponsive on a bed with “multiple stab wounds about the body,” police said. 

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Locals said something changed in Yauger after her own mother died about a year ago, making her more withdrawn — and they all noticed it.

Granddaughter’s Recovery

Responding officers transported the aided female child in a police vehicle to NYC Health and Hospitals Lincoln in critical but stable condition, police said. 

“It’s been very scary and I have been praying for that child,” Bronx neighbor Ana Martinez said Wednesday. “Since yesterday we’ve been praying.”

Yauger, who also remains hospitalized, is charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.  

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