A New York man stabbed his young daughters to death because he didn’t have car seats to take them on the lam with him after killing their churchgoing mother, prosecutors said Friday.
When asked by detectives why he killed his children, he said, “I was going to take them with me, but I didn’t have car seats,” prosecutor Michelle Kaszuba said during Miguel Mejia-Ramos‘ arraignment Friday in Queens criminal court on a slew of charges, including first-degree murder and weapon possession.
Mejia-Ramos, 28, first fatally stabbed his wife Deisy Garcia, 21, in a fit of jealous rage before attacking their two daughters Yoselin Mejia, 1, and Daniela Mejia, 2, on Jan. 19 at their Sutphin Boulevard home, according to Queens DA Richard Brown’s office.
Mejia-Ramos, a construction worker, also said that last Saturday, he finished work at 6:30 p.m., went to his friend, had a couple of beers and returned home around 11 p.m., where his his wife was sleeping with their children, according to prosecutors
He then checked her phone, text messages and her Facebook page and saw photos of his wife with another man, according to the DA’s office. He said he “just snapped,” Kaszuba said during the hearing.
After stabbing his wife, he hugged and kissed his daughters and asked them for forgiveness before stabbing them, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. In the attack, he allegedly used four knives.
Sources said their bodies lay undiscovered for 20 hours until relatives found them, but Mejia-Ramos was long gone by then.
Handcuffed and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt beneath a black hooded sleeveless jacket, Mejia-Ramos, silently stared at the floor in the courtroom, filled with family members and reporters.
The suspect’s lawyer, Michael Anastasiou, asked for medical attention and protective custody for his client. He also asked to place Mejia-Ramos on suicide watch.
Mejia-Ramos, who, if convicted, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, was ordered held without bail and to return to court on Feb. 14.