HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida community was left shaken by tragedy after, police said, a mother fatally stabbed her 2-year-old son, stabbed a man and tried to commit suicide.
According to Miami-Dade Police, they received a 911 call about a suicidal woman who had stabbed herself and her son along Southwest 124th Place, at around 6 a.m., Sunday morning. Police later identified the mother as 22-year-old Nathaly Ramos.
Further investigation uncovered that she had also stabbed a man. Paramedics transported the male victim to Jackson South Community Hospital in unknown condition.
According to a police report, the injured man identified Ramos as his girlfriend. He also told police a judge ordered Ramos to stay away from him.
The caller said Ramos and her child were being transported to Homestead Hospital by an unknown person.
Upon officers’ arrival at the hospital, the toddler was pronounced dead, and his mother was listed in critical condition.
Neighbors told 7News that the boy lived at the home with his grandmother because Ramos was unstable. Ramos was going through a tough time, said Sharen Solera, Ramos’ friend.
“I honestly, like, don’t have any words to say,” said Solera.
Solera said she offered advice to Ramos.
“You can get better, get a job, fix things in life,” said Solera.
A neighbor and family friend, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera, described the mother’s behavior as unstable.
“The daughter, who is the mother of the baby, she’s very depressed,” she said. “She’s not right in her mind, so Grandma wouldn’t let her come see the baby like that.”
“I mean, I was devastated,” said Antonio Garcia, who lives a few doors down from the home. “I don’t know. I guess she just reached that breaking point and stuff just didn’t click.”
Garcia said he noticed some strange behavior from the mother as well, but he never thought it would lead to this.
“She did scream a lot, but besides that, it was just regular mom stuff,” he said.
Despite Ramos’ mental health being questioned by those who knew her, they still thought this was a good home.
“They were always doing family activities, always passing the football together,” said the family friend. “They were always together, so when that happened it was like, ‘Whoa, shocking.'”
Sunday afternoon, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho took to Twitter to express his condolences to the family. “Beyond tragic. The end of such a young life, in such a horrific way. Prayers for this child and all others affected by this crime,” he wrote in the tweet.
As the investigation continues, Ramos faces second-degree murder and attempted murder charges. She was not granted bond.
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