By TimesLedger staff
The man accused of stabbing to death his wife and two daughters in a South Jamaica apartment was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Friday on multiple murder counts and held without bail, the Queens district attorney said.
Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, was arrested in Texas Monday and flown back to New York Thursday to face charges in the carnage that occurred last week in the Sutphin Boulevard apartment he shared with his family.
Deisy Garcia, 21, and her daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1, were found by her 12-year-old cousin and other relatives. All three suffered multiple stab wounds inside the second-floor flat near 90th Avenue, the NYPD said.
Mejia-Ramos was charged with six counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, the DA said.
He was ordered to return to court Feb. 14. If found guilty, he faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“I was at the crime scene last Sunday night and as I said at that time, ‘I have seen a lot in my 23 years as district attorney, but there is nothing more disturbing than seeing children — in this case mere babies — as victims of violence,” DA Richard Brown said in a statement.
Mejia-Ramos had being going through his spouse’s phone and Facebook account after a night of drinking Saturday and spotted a photo of Garcia with another man, he told police after his arrest, according to the DA’s office.
The father then allegedly confessed to grabbing a knife from a butcher block, standing over his Guatemalan-born wife and daughters, who were sleeping, and stabbing Garcia repeatedly with two knives as she tried to escape before going back for his daughters, the DA said.
Mejia-Ramos then hugged and kissed each girl, asked for forgiveness, and allegedly fatally stabbed them, district attorney’s office said.
The Crime Scene Unit found four knives that appeared to be covered with blood and a bent knife blade in the apartment, according to Brown.