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Girl clings to life after hammer attack in New York

A 3-year-old girl Sunday remained in a coma after being beaten in a hammer attack that killed her mother and critically injured her 5-year-old brother, reported the New York Post.

He is expected to survive.

“The boy is good now,” the children’s aunt, Jinchai Liu, said Saturday. “The girl is still sleeping.”

According to a Go Fund Me page created two days ago, 3-year-old Sophia had been scheduled for a life-saving surgery on Friday, but doctors at Bellevue Trauma Center postponed the procedure until her vitals could improve. As of Sunday, the surgery had not been performed.

Her brother David woke up Sunday and is able to express his needs and thoughts. Unfortunately, he is experiencing amnesia and cannot remember his father, representatives of the non-profit, the Parent-Child Relationship Association, wrote. The group organized the Go Fund Me which has raised more than $120,000.

The children’s father, Jing Hong Liu, works in Ohio at a restaurant. He would come home monthly to the family’s crowded apartment in Brooklyn to care for his family’s needs.

His wife Zhao Zhao was found dead in their apartment by a family friend.

The couple “made all the sacrifices possible to ensure their children would have a better future,” said the Parent-Child Relationship Association.

People reports that the suspect identified as Liyong Ye faces charges of second-degree murder. He lived with the family and reportedly had an ongoing dispute with tenants over various issues ranging from rent to noise to use of a shared kitchen, reported ABC7.

“No matter what my sister-in-law has done, you shouldn’t beat kids that badly, Jinchai Liu said to the NY Post. “The perp is too cruel.”

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