A Bronx man who strangled his pregnant 14-year-old daughter
and threw her naked body in a boiler last year was also the father of her unborn child
, according to prosecutors.
Miguel Matias, 36, appeared in Bronx Supreme Court Tuesday as prosecutors consolidated the two indictments against him - an earlier one for his daughter's murder on Feb. 16, 2008, and the newest one for second-degree rape and incest.
DNA taken from Matias matches a sample taken from the fetus carried by his daughter, Anna, said Steven Reed, spokesman for Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.
Matias confessed to the murder, saying he was driven to strangle Anna with an electrical cord when he caught her writing "sex things" on her computer
, police said.
Matias has been declared fit to stand trial but has a history of mental illness and has attempted suicide several times
, according to his lawyer Roy Schwartz.
The new indictment says Matias raped his daughter between Nov. 15 and Nov. 30, 2007, which means Anna was 2-1/2 to three months pregnant when she was murdered.
Matias' family had previously said Anna was pregnant with a boyfriend's baby.
Matias is scheduled to appear in court again on June 30 and lawyers for both sides said a plea agreement is likely.
Matias faced 25 years to life in prison for the murder charge. He now faces up to an additional seven years in prison for the rape charge.