A 24-year-old man fatally stabbed his companion and her two young daughters
in their Brooklyn home, wrapped them in garbage bags, and waited at least a day before calling his father in the Bronx to tell what he had done
, the authorities said Friday.
About 1 p.m., two officers from the 67th Precinct arrived at a second-floor apartment where the man, identified by the police as Jermaine Ruiz
Shortly before that, according to the police, Mr. Ruiz’s father walked into the 45th Precinct station house in the Bronx to say that his son had phoned him and claimed to have killed the children
As Mr. Ruiz, standing shirtless in slacks and a jacket, answered the knock at Apartment 2F, the officers were able to see past him and down a vestibule to the left, where the blood-spattered body of a woman, stabbed several times, was lying face-up, partly shoved inside a large black garbage bag
, the police said.
The apartment was in “complete disarray, with blood on the floor,” said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.
As the officers walked through the apartment, they discovered the bodies of two young children in another room, inside a rolled-up carpet wrapped in two other garbage bags
, officials said. Investigators said all three victims appeared to have been stabbed.
The police said that the girls were ages 2 and 5. The woman was 22. None of the victims’ names were released. The police said that the children were not Mr. Ruiz’s, but were the dead woman’s by different men. Mr. Ruiz and the dead woman are parents of twin infants, but they live with his relatives in the Bronx, the police said.
Officials said they believed that the killings occurred sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
“We think they have been dead for at least a day,” Mr. Browne said.
Mr. Ruiz had been living in the apartment in the three-story brick building for six months, the police said.