A 28-year-old husband and father of two has been arrested for stabbing his family to death. Deisy Garcia, 21, and her daughters with Miguel Mejia, ages 2 and 1, were found butchered in their bedroom in Queens, New York. A day later, Miguel Mejia was tracked down in Texas and appeared to have self-inflicted stab wounds. Reports point to a man who was allegedly a long-time abusive spouse.
Horribly, the monstrous scene was reportedly discovered by a 12-year-old cousin of the girls, 2-year-old Daniela and 1-year-old Yoselin, when family went to their house. The young cousin, Rene Chuc, reportedly was the first to open the bedroom door and see the horrific sight of blood on the floor.
Deisy Garcia's devastated mom told the New York Daily News:
There are no words that I can explain for the pain I'm going through. I always told her to leave him. She said, 'I can't because I have two daughters and he’s bringing the money home.'
Friends and relatives reportedly said that Miguel Mejia was a violent spouse and that he once even went so far as to abuse Deisy in the bathroom at a church during a baby shower.
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A man who abuses a woman in public, in front of friends and family, clearly thinks he can get away with anything.
Police had also been to the home about two domestic violence incidents in the past year.
It's a terrible situation for many women around the world -- they feel they can't get away from an abusive husband because of finances. Or they feel they must stay for the children, or for family honor, or because they don't believe in divorce. Or they simply fear he will kill her or the children if she leaves.
Women can get themselves into a situation where they believe that even though a man is abusive to them, he will not hurt the children. Or even though he's abusive, he will not kill. These can be deadly misperceptions. If you are in an abusive situation, please find a way carefully plan an escape.
This poor woman and her little babies. They never stood a chance.
If you fear you are in trouble from an abusive spouse, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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