8-year-old girl and mother in critical condition after stabbing in Hanford

HANFORD, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Hanford Police Department says an eight-year-old girl and her mother are in critical condition after they were stabbed by the mother's boyfriend on Tuesday.

Authorities responded to a call just after 11 a.m. on East Florinda St. near 10th Ave. in Hanford.

They found the eight-year-old with multiple stab wounds to her chest and face, and the 35-year-old mother with multiple stab wounds to her face.

Police have arrested the mother's boyfriend, 33-year-old Alejandro Sanchez, in connection to the stabbing. Police are unsure of a motive at this time, and they add that he was wearing an ankle monitor related to a previous DUI arrest.

Police say there were a total of four children at the apartment when the stabbings happened, but only the 8-year-old was hurt.

The girl and mother were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia and later transferred to Community Regional Medical Center in Downtown Fresno for further treatment.
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