A Jamaica father accused of fatally stabbing his wife and small children in a jealous rage was arraigned and held without bail Friday.
Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, appeared in Queens County Court on charges of first-degree and second-degree murder, and criminal possession of a weapon after being extradited from Texas where he was captured by authorities Monday night, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.
He allegedly killed his wife, 21-year-old Deisy Garcia, and their children, Daniela Mejia, 2, and Yaslin Mejia, 1 inside of their Sutphin Boulevard apartment sometime between late Saturday night and Sunday, Brown said. Each victim had multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
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He allegedly came home Saturday night after drinking beer at a friend’s house, and went through his wife’s phone and Facebook account , where he found a photo of her and another man, Brown said. Mejia-Ramos then allegedly snapped and killed his wife, then fatally stabbed his daughters after first hugging and kissing them and asking for their “forgiveness.”
The District Attorney also said he killed his girls because he didn’t have car seats to take them with after committing the crime, according to the New York Daily News. He was reportedly heading to Mexico when was caught in Texas.
“I met this morning with the family and close friends of Deisy Mejia who – together with her two infant daughters – were stabbed to death last weekend. We were joined by the Guatemalan Consul General. Everyone is, of course, devastated by that which occurred. I assured them that this case will be vigorously prosecuted and there will be no plea bargaining,” Brown said in a statement Friday.
If convicted, Mejia-Ramos faces life in prison without possibility of parole. He is due back in court on Feb. 14.
A wake was held Thursday evening at Garcia’s local parish, Iglesia Naciones Unidas en Cristo for the young mother and her daughters.
Garcia, a native of Guatemala, was reportedly a frequent churchgoer and a student at York College, according to her Facebook page.
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