Cops: Woman stabs son and self, sets fires in her house

A Prospect Park woman who stabbed her 10-year-old son and set several fires in her house Friday evening was trying to cut herself when police took her in to custody, said Prospect Park Police Chief Cliff Engel.

Nora Doyle allegedly stabbed her young son in the leg at the home they share on Baltimore Avenue near Amosland Road sometime around 5 p.m., police said.

The boy ran to a neighbor’s house and called police. When authorities arrived on scene, they found a gasoline container on the kitchen floor of Doyle's home and smelled gas coming from the house, Engel said. Smokey conditions and charred burns on the kitchen floor and cabinets led police to believe a fire had recently been lit in the room, Engel said.

When officers went to the second floor of the house they found Doyle in a bedroom, where she had lit another fire, police said. She was trying to slice her forearm when police took her in to custody, Engel said.

Both Doyle and her son were taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said. Doyle is expected to be charged with several crimes, although police did not immediately detail the charges.