A Staten Island woman believed to have killed herself as her husband and son desperately tried to stop her was actually stabbed to death by her spouse in a shocking murder-attempted suicide, authorities and sources said Tuesday.
Ming Chen, 71, was hit with murder, assault and other charges in connection to the Sunday evening bloodbath that left his wife, Xiao-Qiong Jing, 62, dead inside their home on Blythe Place near Cotter Avenue in the Richmond neighborhood.
The husband and wife were each found with stab wounds to the torso when cops arrived at around 10:15 p.m., and their 41-year-old son had a cut on his left leg, the NYPD said.
Both men were taken to the same hospital in stable condition, while Jing was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North Hospital.
Cops and sources initially said that Jing had stabbed herself — and wounded her husband and son when they tried to wrestle the knife away from her.
But after speaking to the couple’s injured son through a Mandarin translator, detectives found that Chen was the alleged aggressor, authorities said.
The son told cops he heard his parents arguing in the bedroom and found the door locked — so he broke it, sources said.
Inside, he saw his mother on the floor bleeding, according to the sources.
He then tried to wrestle the knife away from his dad, which is how he was injured, the sources said.
Chen allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed his wife and tried to kill himself, according to the sources.
He has also been charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
It’s unclear whether the language barrier led to the initial misinformation about the case.
It does not appear that the couple has a history of domestic violence, or that Chen has any prior arrests, police said.