1. Guatemalan immigrant and Queens resident Deisy Garcia was stabbed to death last month along with her two young children by her husband, Miguel Mejia-Ramos.
2. Garcia had made several reports last year, claiming in one that she feared her husband would kill her. The NYPD failed to translate the report, which was in Spanish, before the murder.
Police also responded to two domestic violence calls last year, but no arrests were made. Garcia’s mother, Luzmina Alvarado, said, “I know she contacted them and told them he kicked her and abused her, but the police told her they needed to see proof of the abuse. They told her there was no evidence and left it at that.” The NYPD has said that the reports are under internal review and “police brass reminded all cops that NYPD policy mandates that reports made in foreign languages must be translated into English, sources said,” the NY Post reported.
3. According to court documents, Mejia-Ramos was furious after discovering a photo of his wife with another man on Facebook. He claims he intended to spare his children, but after discovering he didn’t have any car seats, he decided to kill them.
After multiple suicide attempts, Mejia-Ramos fled, but after being apprehended in Texas less than 48 hours later, he surrendered and confessed. He is an undocumented immigrant with a history of occasionally violent behavior and was nearly deported, but his case was closed in 2011 when it fell under guidelines established by President Obama that directed the ICE to focus on cases involving those convicted of serious crimes.