Tape released in father stabbing case
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have released the interview tape of a boy who witnessed his brother being stabbed to death by their father before the father turned the knife on him.
A child relived the night he was attacked by his father, and according to his account, his mother could have done a lot more to help him.
Deanna DeJesus is on trial, charged with aggravated manslaughter and child neglect in the death of her autistic son.
Last February, her husband William de Jesus went on a suicidal rampage, killing their 9-year-old disabled son and attacking an elderly couple whose motor home he stole in Deerfield Beach, leaving the man dead of gunshot wounds.
The husband and father attacked his entire family with a knife, but Deanna and then 7-year-old son Samson, would survive.
According to prosecutors, Deanna did nothing to try and stop her husband or save her children.
Officials played a tape of a police interview with Samson.
Samson: "She was saying, 'Please, no, stop it.'"
Officer: "She was saying that?"
Samson: "Yeah, when he was (inaudible) wait stop it and (inaudible), but she didn't die."
Officer: "Was she saying that when she was getting stabbed, or was she saying that while you were getting stabbed?"
Samson: "When she was getting stabbed. One time, she got stabbed."
The child told investigators when he and his brother were being attacked, their mother just sat there.
The 7-year-old also described how he fought back against his knife-wielding father.
Samson: "He was cutting me, and I had the knife, and I said 'No more.' He was looking for it, I had the knife, and I was going to throw it away out the window. I had the knife after he dropped it, I grabbed it, and I felt it, and he grabbed it again, and he went in the bathroom, and stabbed me like three times again."
Samson is now in foster care. Deanna is facing a possible 45 years in prison, if convicted.
The defense will spend the weekend deciding how they plan to proceed. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.
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