Heroes stop dad from sacrificing son
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A distraught man who tried to sacrifice his 8-year-old
son in city-run Mount Hope Cemetery was in custody Monday, and the boy was
expected to be OK, thanks to a young couple who intervened and a security guard
who tackled the man.
Joseph Ramirez, 30, was slashing the boy with a piece of broken glass
from a candle in the cemetery at 3751 Market St. about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when
Jaymisha Pires and Corey Granberry, both 21, saw what was happening.
“My motherly instincts kicked in when I saw him hurting that little
boy,” Pires, who has children, 2 and 6 years old, told The San Diego Union-
Tribune. “It was a blur. I just wanted him to stop.”
When Pires confronted Ramirez, he kept saying, “We're going to Jesus,”
she told the newspaper.
Eventually, Ramirez pushed the boy aside and ran — only to be tackled
by cemetery security guard Dana Fontenot.
Granberry wrapped up the boy's slashed arm with a T-shirt and tried to
comfort Ramirez's other two children, one of them a toddler. The boy with cut
arms was taken to Rady's Children's Hospital to be treated.
Ramirez, who had slashed his own forearms, was taken to a hospital to be
treated and expected to be booked on suspicion of child abuse and assault
with a deadly weapon, authorities said.
Ramirez told police his dead grandmother told him to sacrifice his 8-
year-old son, San Diego police Officer David Stafford said.