A one-year-old child was stabbed near the entrance to the central bus station in south Tel Aviv on Friday. She was rushed to the city’s Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

According to initial reports, the toddler was in the area with her mother, an Eritrean citizen, when a man in his 50s came up to the two and stabbed the child twice in the face, reported Channel 10 online. According to Walla News, the child was in her mother’s arms at the time of the incident.

She remained anesthetized and intubated at the time of writing.

The alleged attacker was picked up by police and taken in for interrogation. Police said they found the knife used in the incident on his person, and that the attacker was under heavy influence of alcohol.

Dana-Dwek Children's Hospital in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Tel Aviv Medical Center)

Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Tel Aviv Medical Center)

The mother said she had never seen the man before.

He is presumed by authorities to be mentally ill.