A 55-year-old New York man reportedly told police that an armed robber stabbed his 6-year-old daughter in the stomach during an alleged altercation in the city's Lower East Side.
The father, Jia Pan, is now facing charges in connection with the incident Thursday morning, and police are saying he fabricated the incident.
What are the details?
Pan told authorities that he was accosted by two thieves who made off with his jewelry and credit card. One of the thieves, according to Pan, then stabbed the 6-year-old child.
An investigation into the incident, however, reportedly discovered that Pan was the one who stabbed his own child.
According to various reports, Pan — who is alleged to be a homeless man — is now in custody, and is facing charges of attempted manslaughter, reckless endangerment, assault, and endangering a child.
Authorities took the child to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery. She is listed in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Law enforcement has not revealed a possible motive in the bizarre crime.