The Bronx, NY – Miguel Matias, 36, called the NYPD on Saturday morning about 10:00 a.m. and told them that his daughter Anna should not have been texting a boy on his computer. Then he said that he’d killed the fourteen-year-old and put her body in a wooded area in the Bronx, which should have been the first clue he was lying. Then he said he’d blacked out and couldn’t remember exactly where he’d put his daughter’s corpse.
Police searched about fifty square yards of Bronx wilderness and decided to take a gander at Matias’ apartment building instead. Anna Matias was found in the boiler room, where she had been strangled, stripped naked and stuffed into a boiler to burn. Authorities were not able to tell whether Anna was dead when she was stuffed into the boiler.
Thing is, this isn’t the first time Miguel Matias has tried to kill his children. A few years ago, Matias did time in the psych unit after pouring gasoline inside his car with himself and two of his children inside – one of whom was Anna. He didn’t quite get the car to burn, though. Matias and his wife Jocelyn later separated, and – get this – Matias had visitation rights to his children.
I’m gonna need a WTF moment here, kids. Legal visitation rights to kids he attempted to murder? Holy flaming cats. That’s wrong on so many levels I get dizzy just thinking about it.
On Friday night, preliminary evidence shows that the murder went down pretty much the way Matias said it did with the exception of body location. Anna Matias was visiting her father from Pennsylvania, where she lived with her mother and two siblings. Matias got mad, killed Anna, and decided that since he was the building super, nobody else would check the boiler before his child’s body burned in the boiler flames. As it was, Anna’s nude body was on fire when police found it.
Neighbors, gathered last night at a shrine for the girl, said they knew Matias had a history of emotional problems and violence. “He used to beat Anna in the hallways,” said a man who wouldn’t give his name. “He had a bad temper.” But other neighbors recalled Matias as a good guy who even volunteered at a homeless shelter.
Matias is reported to have moved into the basement apartment of the building where he was the superintendent about a year and a half ago. He is said to have had a girlfriend living with him – no word on where she was when this murder was going down.
Anna’s mother Jocelyn collapsed on hearing the news of her daughter’s death and was taken to the hospital. Anna had been telling her friends that her father beat her and screamed at her, and that he hurt her if she was late getting home. Still, nobody called anyone.
Nobody called CPS? Nobody stood up to this guy? Nobody thought it was a bad idea for an unstable father who’s tried to kill his kids to get to see them unsupervised? Damn. The death penalty is a pretty harsh sentence for a young girl who just wanted to text-message a boy. Is anybody else thinking there was a sexual element to this crime? Because I am.
Miguel Matias was being held by the NYPD on murder charges, but has now been hospitalized after he tried to commit suicide while in lockup on Sunday.
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