18-year-old charged after 3 children stabbed to death in NC home

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Police investigate in New Bern (image courtesy WCTI-TV)

An 18-year-old is under arrest after three children were stabbed to death and two other people were hurt in an attack at a home in eastern North Carolina, police said Wednesday.

Officers were called to a report of a person with a knife around 11 p.m. Tuesday and took the Burmese teen into custody.

The officers then entered the home and found the dead and injured.

New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. said the deceased victims were all brothers, ages 1, 5 and 12 years old. A sister and the mother have been released from the hospital.

All of the victims were Burmese, New Bern Police Lt. Ronda Allen said, and a language barrier has complicated the investigation.

She did not release names of the victims.

The suspect and the victims were next-door neighbors, although the suspect was not a member of the victims' family, Allen said.

Chief Summers said Eh Lar Doh Htoo, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and more charges are planned. Bond was set at $1 million.

Allen did not release any potential motive in the stabbings. She said police planned to release more information about the stabbing later Wednesday.

The State Bureau of Investigation was assisting New Bern police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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