Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mum admits stabbing sons to death

Paul J Weber in San Antonio

A 22-year-old woman stabbed her two young sons to death, then calmly held her wrists out to police officers who arrived at her home telling them, "I killed my babies."

Elyse Marsyl Colon was being held yesterday, charged with killing three-year-old Jose Luis Garcia and one-year-old Guillermo Garcia. Her bail was set at $2m (€1.4m)

"Words can't describe the scene," San Antonio police chief William McManus said. "It was unspeakably sad."

Ms Colon was waiting outside her home when officers arrived on Tuesday evening and put her hands behind her back as they approached, police said.

An officer kicked in the locked front door of the home and found the boys lying on a bed, according to police. After Colon was placed in the patrol car, she allegedly told police, "Their father was in jail, I want him to know."

Public records show that Luis Alonso Garcia, who lived at the same address, was arrested in September for illegal entry and for family assault, a third-degree felony.

Jail records indicated Ms Colon did not have an attorney. She cursed at reporters while being taken to court for arraignment on Tuesday. She wore jeans, black ankle boots and a black "Don't Mess with Texas" skull cap when arrested, according to the police report.

On Ms Colon's street, neighbour Angelica Puentes (34) said she had talked to the woman a couple of times and said she seemed like she was in a daze.

"They can't speak for themselves, they can't defend themselves," Ms Puentes said.

State child welfare officials said they were still looking into whether their agency had previously investigated the family.

Irish Independent

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