Police offer no motive for why a teacher’s ex-student who fathered her baby (and got her fired several years ago) decided to murder his ex-lover and child.
The killer says the devil made him do it. It’s an excuse I see often in the local papers. Latinos have a devil fixation that white Western culture doesn’t embrace. Or possibly, the devil offers them an excuse for their own evil.
NEW YORK — Police say a former New York City high school student who in 2012 fathered a child with his then-teacher has killed the woman and their 4-year-old son.
Isaac Duran Infante, 23, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of 32-year-old Felicia Barahona and her 4-year-old son, Miguel.
Their bodies were found in their Manhattan apartment Monday.
Felicia Barahona’s body was found in the living room with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck, and Miguel was in the bathtub.
The building’s superintendent spotted the garbage that Barahona had left sitting out since Friday and noticed that something was wrong.
“The superintendent smelled something no good in the apartment, and he called the police,” neighbor Segundo Duenas said. “When the cops came, they opened the door, and they found her and the boy dead.”
The medical examiner released the cause of death Tuesday after performing autopsies. Felicia Barahona died of ligature strangulation, and Miguel died of asphyxia due to neck compression. Their deaths were ruled homicides.
Law enforcement sources tell sister network WABC that the boy’s father is blaming the devil for the gruesome scene.
Barahona’s family said there was a custody battle between the parents and that they had separated before Miguel was born.
Their son was conceived in a scandalous affair between Barahona, then a public school teacher in the Bronx, and Infante – her student at the time.
A 2013 report by school investigators determined the 36-year-old Barahona began a sexual relationship with Infante when he turned 18.
The report found Barahona believed she and Infante would get married before their relationship ended.
She was subsequently fired from the Bronx school.
“They kept in contact, I don’t know how well,” said Jaime Bravo, Barahona’s brother. “They kept in contact, and I just know they actually did talk still, a little bit.”
Family members said Infante had canceled a scheduled visit with his son this past weekend.
The family said Barahona was trying to turn her life around after her termination from the school district.
Apparently, the dead woman had been living on benefits since being fired as a teacher. Her ability to start a new career was somewhat limited.
For those with a cynical turn of mind, the savings to taxpayers will be significant except for the fact that the killer is going to be housed, clothed, and fed at taxpayer expense for many years. He deserves a quick trial followed by a hanging or firing squad, but that’s not going to happen in liberal New York state.