A New York woman and her two young children were stabbed to death last month.
Guatemalan immigrant and Queens resident, Deisy Garcia, 21, filed a domestic-abuse report on May 30, 2013, saying she was afraid that her husband would kill her.
According to TheBlaze, the report, which was in Spanish, was never translated into English.
New York City Police also responded to two reports filed by Garcia, at least one of them in Spanish, regarding her husband’s violence and threats last November, but no arrests were made.
Garcia and her daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1, were found dead in their apartment on Jan. 17, allegedly stabbed by Garcia’s husband and the girls’ father, Miguel Mejia-Ramos.
The NYPD did not have an explanation to why there was no English translation of the report.
“I knew about the police report, and I knew about the police showing up at the house previously on one of the times where Deisy had called the police because she had been the victim of domestic violence,” Roger Asmar, the family's attorney, told CNN. “But we did not know that every time Deisy filled out a report — every time she went to the precinct or the cops came to the house — no one actually translated the text into English, so, apparently no one looked into it.”
Garcia’s family says that if the police had taken action, she might still be around.
“I know she contacted them and told them he kicked her and abused her, but the police told her they needed to see proof of the abuse,” Luzmina Alvarado, Garcia’s mother, told the New York Post.
An NYPD representative said, “The allegations are under internal review.”
Officers were also reminded that police department policy mandates that reports in foreign languages must be translated into English.
According to statements to police after his arrest, Mejia-Ramos, 28, was angry when he found a Facebook photo of his wife with another man. He allegedly used two knives to kill Garcia before hugging and kissing his daughters, asking for forgiveness, and then stabbing both of them multiple times.
The New York Times reported that after two suicide attempts, first stabbing himself in the chest and then hanging himself, he fled. An illegal immigrant, Mejia-Ramos was arrested in Texas on Jan. 20 en route to Mexico after police tracked his cellphone.
He surrendered and confessed to killing his children because he didn’t have any car seats to take them.
Mejia-Ramos was nearly deported, but his case was closed in 2011 after it fell under guidelines set up by the Obama administration that directed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to focus on cases involving those found guilty of serious crimes.