Man Hates Name Mom Picks for Their Baby … So He Kills Her

A man has been charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death because she refused to name their newborn baby after him. Cesar Mazza is also accused of beating the woman's 72-year-old grandmother to death and kidnapping his son.


Mother Tionna Banks had been living in a group home for at-risk girls and women, and her 11-week-old baby was in foster care. She had been given a weekend pass to visit her grandmother, Valorie Crumpton. Police found the women's dead bodies at Crumpton's home after Banks failed to return to the group home.

Mazza had a history of violence against his former girlfriend. She had a protection order against him, and he had been charged with punching her in the face, stomping on her belly, and dragging her down some stairs in November. Allegedly he had threatened to kill her.

Police records say a "dispute" between Banks and Mazza arose over her refusal to name the baby after him. Given their history you can see why she would decline.

Refusing to name their baby after his father would probably trigger all sorts of insecurities for a violent, cowardly, unstable man. He might wonder if the baby was even really his.

But then, it sounds like he was likely to kill her over just about anything. His mother and an unnamed witness were concerned over his situation at the time of the murder. But was anyone with actual power to protect Banks as concerned?

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Do you ever get tired of hearing about women being killed at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands -- even after death threats, protection orders, and pleas for help? 

The baby, named Vaughn, was in foster care. Now it looks like he'll stay in the foster care system. He'll never know his mother. And who knows if he'll ever meet his father. What is it like to grow up knowing your father is a murderer? Maybe he'll never find out. What a sad burden for a child to bear.


Image via Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

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