A 3-year-old girl rescued by a hero neighbor after she was slashed by a knife-wielding nut in the Bronx was released Thursday from the hospital, neighbors said.
Little Bella Perez-Aquino was treated for a knife wound to one arm and released, but her mother Jenny Aquino, 37, remains hospitalized at Lincoln Hospital Center with two stab wounds to her stomach.
The mom and daughter were at their Woodstock home Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. when Christian Valdez, 28, bashed in the door of their third-floor flat, police said.
Aquino knew Valdez, who is homeless, from church and occasionally let him stay there, though they were not romantically involved.
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Valdez stabbed them both and chased the terrified duo onto the fire escape, intending to throw them off, according to a witness.
Neighbor Rafael Lebron, 45, heard the screaming and came to their aid, grabbing a porcelain lamp and bashing it over Valdezs head.
During the struggle, Aquino tumbled down to the second-floor fire escape.
He was trying to throw them both off, Lebron told the Daily News late Wednesday.
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As Lebron brought Aquino back into her apartment, another neighbor scrambled up the fire escape ladder to grab her daughter and lower her to the ground near Cauldwell Ave. near E. 149th St.
Valdez was charged Thursday morning with assault, burglary, child endangerment and harassment, police said. He remained at Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center for treatment of injuries caused by the lamp.
Hes off his medication. He walks up and down the street and doesnt talk to anyone. Hes crazy, said one neighbor, who wouldnt give her name.