Note From CJ: Deuteronomy 18:10-11 “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.”
(Daily Mail) A father accused of attempting to sacrifice his 8-year-old son in a California cemetery pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Friday.
Police say Joseph Ramirez, 32, took his three young children and their mother to a San Diego cemetery last April for the terrifying ritual after the claimed urging of his dead grandmother.
The mother of Ramirez’ children, Ariana Paredes, testified that he started acting strange after being baptized at a Christian church.
Father: Joseph Ramirez, 32, is accused of using shards of glass to try to kill his 8-year-old son as a human sacrifice in a San Diego cemetery last April
On the morning of April 28, 2012 he insisted that they all go to the cemetery to see his uncle’s grave.
Paredes, whose children were 18 months, 3 years and 8 at the time of the attack, later testified that he made them all drink sangria and then eat energy bars which he called ‘The Last Supper,’ NBC San Diego reports.
After breaking a glass candle holder, he grabbed one of the shards of glass, using it to slash his son’s forearms she said.
Terrified and screaming, the children’s mother ran for help, flagging down two women who rushed to the scene.
Left behind: The children’s mother testified that he made them all drink sangria and then eat energy bars which he called ‘The Last Supper’ before the attack
Help: The children’s mother was able to flag down two women also visiting the cemetery, pictured, who helped convince Ramirez to release them without further incident
Jaymisha Pires said she saw Ramirez holding his children tightly when she arrived but she convinced him to let them go.
‘He said, “They’re my kids. They’re going to Jesus,”‘ she testified in court.
Corey Granberry, also with Pires, says she grabbed the injured boy and Ramirez’s two other children, who are both toddlers at the time.
Granberry wrapped a T-shirt around one of the arms of the boy, who was bleeding badly.
‘My motherly instincts kicked in when I saw him hurting that little boy,’ Pires, who has children aged six and two, told the San Diego Union Tribune. ‘It was a blur. I just wanted him to stop.’
Under orders: Ramirez, who pleaded guilty this week, insisted upon going to the cemetery that morning, later saying it was his dead grandmother who instructed him to kill his son
Ramirez was tackled by Dana Fontenot, a 60-year-old security guard who was on his third day of working at Mount Hope cemetery.
The injured boy was recovering in hospital with knife wounds to his forearms but police said he owes his life to the two have-a-go heroes.
Pires and Granberry, both 21, were at the Mount Hope cemetery in San Diego, California, to visit the grave of Granberry’s godson.
If Ramirez is found sane, he faces 13 years in prison. If he’s determined to be otherwise he will be sent to a state mental hospital.
A sanity trial is scheduled for April 25.
He’s being held at the San Diego Central Jail on bail set at $2 million.