A doctor has killed herself after stabbing  her seven-year-old daughter 31 times – leaving the girl’s father to find the  grisly scene.

Victoria Vovchik, 45, was found dead in her  master bedroom in New City, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon, with her daughter,  Ava Sangavara, lying nearby.

Officials said the young girl had been  stabbed 31 times, including across the throat, and was rushed to Westchester  Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. She has undergone  surgery and is expected to survive.

The bloody scene was discovered by Ava’s  father, Dr. Kristappa Sangavaram, when he  visited the home. He called 911 and police arrived at the upscale home just  after 1 p.m.

Dr Sangavaram, 68, did not live with Vovchik  and their daughter, but co-owned the home.

He had been married to a different woman for  several decades until her death last year, his  son Preeth Sangavaram, told The Journal  News.

The elder Sangavaram and Vivchik had never  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,  told The Journal News. ‘The child was very important to him, so he  always tried  to maintain a healthy relationship.’

Sangavaram called police on Thursday to  report a possible suicide, police said.

I believe he came home and  discovered  them,’ Clarkstown Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni  said during a news conference. ‘She (Ava) was conscious, I believe.’

Sangavaram was brought in for questioning by  Clarkstown police, but was later released. They do not believe he played any  role in the tragedy, the Journal News reported.

Police said Vovchik left behind no note  explaining why she attacked her daughter or took her own life. She used a knife or other sharp object to kill  herself, officers said.

Sangavaram spoke briefly of his daughter when  reached by The Journal News on Thursday night.

‘She’s doing fine,’ he said. ‘She’s OK. I  cannot say more.’

Ray Florida, executive director of Rockland  Paramedic Services, said Ava was able to speak when she was being treated by  medics at the scene.


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