A mother and her child were stabbed by the child’s father in an incident Friday night in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County, police said.

The incident occurred around 9:33 p.m. in the 3600 block of Meandering Way, according to county police.

Both stabbing victims were flown to a hospital, police said, and have “serious, life-threatening injuries.”

Prince William County Police said that when officers arrived, they saw a man, who was later identified as the girl’s father, carrying the 8-year-old girl down the stairs of an apartment building. She was covered in blood, police said.

Her father put her on the ground and then struck her, according to police, before he was separated and eventually arrested after struggling with officers.

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The child had “multiple stab wounds to her body,” police said. Officials said her 25-year-old mother was found inside an apartment and also had several stab wounds.

Police later identified the suspect as Javier Mauricio Molina, 25, of Woodbridge. He faces several charges of aggravated malicious wounding.

Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this report.

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