UPDATED: Tragedy in Paterson Saturday Morning, Mother Charged in Stabbing to Death of 7-Year Old Son, Attempted Murder of Other Son


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora have announced that at approximately 7:04 on Saturday morning, May 15, members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to 96 North 6th Street, on the 3rd floor, in response to a report of a stabbing.  Police found a dead 7-year old and a wounded 17-year old, plus an unharmed, 15-year old.

Early last night, Prosecutor Valdes and Chief Baycora announced that charges have been filed against Iris Tolentino, 46-years-old from Paterson, in connection to the homicide that took place on Saturday at 96 North 6th Street in Paterson.  Tolentino has been charged with Murder, First degree; Attempted Murder, First degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Third degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Fourth degree; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a child, Second Degree; Resisting Arrest, Third degree; and two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Third degree.

Upon their arrival, police officers located a 7-year-old male, a 15-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male, inside the residence. The 17-year-old had suffered a stab wound to his upper arm, and was holding the bathroom door closed when officers arrived inside the apartment. The 15-year-old was also inside the apartment and was uninjured, however the 7-year old had suffered numerous stab wounds and was unresponsive. The 7-year-old and 17-year-old were immediately transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center for treatment.

Tolentino resisted arrest as the officers tried to take her into custody, with two officers suffering minor injuries. The investigation revealed that all three of the boys were brothers and that Tolentino had stabbed two of her sons before she was able to be restrained prior to the arrival of the police. The 7-year-old child was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the hospital, and the 17-year-old was treated for his wounds and released a short time later.

Once she was taken into custody, Tolentino was transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center for a mental health screening where she was admitted under law enforcement supervision pending an evaluation. Upon her discharge from the hospital she will be processed on the outstanding complaint.

The crime of Murder has a sentencing range from a minimum of 30 years up to life imprisonment, Attempted Murder has a sentencing range of 10 to 20 years in prison, the second degree Endangering the welfare of a child charges each carry a sentencing range of 5 to 10 years

in prison, while the third degree charges have a sentencing range of 3 to 5 years in prison and the fourth degree charge has a sentencing range of up to 18 months in prison.

The State will file a motion for pre-trial detention which will be held at a future date and time before a Superior Court Judge.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite the accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.