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Police in Camden, N.J., are investigating a fatal attack on two sleeping children. Police say a man entered the home and stabbed six-year-old Dominick Andujor and his 12-year-old sister Amber. Dominick was pronounced dead on the scene and Amber was critically wounded. Both children’s throats were slit. Two additional children were sleeping in another room inside the home; a 14-year-old and a nine-year-old, both unharmed. The 12-year-old child, Amber, fled the home and sought refuge at a neighbor’s home who said “she was barely breathing” and bleeding profusely when emergency personnel arrived. Amber identified her attacker, but authorities declined to name the suspect, who had not been apprehended as of Sunday evening.
The children were home alone while their mother recovered from surgery she had on Saturday in a local hospital and Dominick’s father lives out of state. All of the children were under the supervision of 14-year-old Tiara. Authorities aren’t sure why the children were targeted, but a man who lives in the area and apparently has lacerations on his hand was being sought Sunday. Twelve-year-old Amber was taken to a local hospital; however, officials are not disclosing her condition at this time. The neighbor who assisted a bleeding Amber said the man she believed police were looking for is well-known around the neighborhood. She said he plays with the local children and seems to be a peaceful person. “People would never think he would do something like this,” she said.
“I had those kids all summer,” said Cynthia Pulliam, director of the Roosevelt Manor Community Center. ”He was so much full of joy,” she said of six-year-old Dominick. Pulliam, who has run the recreation program at the neighborhood community center for 20 years, reflected on Dominick’s excitement as he danced at the end-of-summer party on Thursday. ”He had fun all summer,” she said. “He liked to play, he liked to have fun, he liked football.” Pulliam also reflected on the backpack she’d purchased for Dominick: “I had a special black-and-gray one for him, because he was small. He was only 6.”