A doctor has killed herself after stabbingÂ her seven-year-old daughter 31 times – leaving the girl’s father to find theÂ grisly scene.
Victoria Vovchik, 45, was found dead in herÂ master bedroom in New City, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon, with her daughter,Â Ava Sangavara, lying nearby.
Officials said the young girl had beenÂ stabbed 31 times, including across the throat, and was rushed to WestchesterÂ Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. She has undergoneÂ surgery and is expected to survive.
The bloody scene was discovered by Ava’sÂ father, Dr. Kristappa Sangavaram, when heÂ visited the home. He called 911 and police arrived at the upscale home justÂ after 1 p.m.
Dr Sangavaram, 68, did not live with VovchikÂ and their daughter, but co-owned the home.
He had been married to a different woman forÂ several decades until her death last year, hisÂ son Preeth Sangavaram, told The JournalÂ News.
The elder Sangavaram and Vivchik had neverÂ married but remained friends and shared care of Ava.
‘It’s a touchy situation because he had a child with her (Vovchik) but wasn’t married to her,’ Preeth Sangavaram, 29,Â told The Journal News. ‘The child was very important to him, so heÂ always triedÂ to maintain a healthy relationship.’
Sangavaram called police on Thursday toÂ report a possible suicide, police said.
I believe he came home andÂ discoveredÂ them,’ Clarkstown Sgt. Jo Anne FratianniÂ said during a news conference. ‘She (Ava) was conscious, I believe.’
Sangavaram was brought in for questioning byÂ Clarkstown police, but was later released. They do not believe he played anyÂ role in the tragedy, the Journal News reported.
Police said Vovchik left behind no noteÂ explaining why she attacked her daughter or took her own life. She used a knife or other sharp object to killÂ herself, officers said.
Sangavaram spoke briefly of his daughter whenÂ reached by The Journal News on Thursday night.
‘She’s doing fine,’ he said. ‘She’s OK. IÂ cannot say more.’
Ray Florida, executive director of RocklandÂ Paramedic Services, said Ava was able to speak when she was being treated byÂ medics at the scene.