A New York City man has been accused of choking his mother's ex-boyfriend to death after he witnessed the man beating her.
Luis Moux, an 18-year-old high school football player, is reported to have seen his mother's ex-boyfriend, 43-year-old Stanley Washington, abusing her during a domestic dispute, according to the New York Post.
Moux came running to help his mother, Lorena Sesma, 37, when he heard a commotion. Moux then allegedly wrapped his arm around Washington's neck, trying to pull him off of Semsa. During the struggle, Washington lost consciousness and then died.
Sesma briefly lost consciousness during the incident, according to New York Daily News. According to CNBC, she had minor injuries and declined to receive medical help at the scene.
Washington and Moux, a Grand Street Campus High School football player who weighs 220 pounds, were reportedly around the same size.
Moux was charged with manslaughter for Washington's death. It's unclear whether Moux only choked Washington while pulling him off of his mother, or if he kept choking him afterward, police said.
"It's not crystal clear," said a police source. "It's not cut and dry. There was a battle going back and forth. It could be self-defense, but that hasn't been decided yet."
Washington had 26 prior arrests on his criminal record, and police had previously come to the home responding to domestic disputes between Washington and Sesma. A friend of Moux said that Sesma and Washington had frequent fights.
Another source said Washington had been involved in two prior incidents at the same building. In 2014, police responded to a domestic dispute, and in 2016, Washington reportedly assaulted Sesma and an older woman at the apartment.
"We just heard the news and we're not ready to talk about it just yet," said a relative of Washington.
Angel Nives, a 65-year-old neighbor, said Moux was a good student and an athlete.
"He's a school kid, a good student not involved with drugs or hanging out with bad people," said Nives. "He loves playing basketball and football with his friends over in the next building. When I heard the news, I didn't expect it to be him, but he was right to defend his mother."
In a 2016 case in Ohio, a 14-year-old girl shot her father dead after he had abused her mother. She was reported to be terrified of spending her life in prison, according to the New York Post.
The girl's mother, Brandi, was reportedly being forced to lie at 41-year-old Jonathan Meadows' feet in the early morning hours of July 28, 2016. The teen allegedly grabbed her father's gun and shot him once in the head, killing him.
The girl did not have a history of violence.
"In many ways, she's just a little girl," said the teen's defense attorney, Ian Friedman. "Imagine you are a 14-year-old girl facing the prospect of never getting out [of prison] again. It continues to be an unimaginable prospect for her -- brutal."
Brandi called her daughter "my hero" for saving her from her abusive husband. "I am so sorry she had to go through this," she said. "She helped all of us so we could have a better life. I wasn't strong enough to get out and she helped me."
"Every day, [Jonathan Meadows] showed physical and emotional abuse in that home," argued Friedman. "To expect a 14-year-old to process that when seeing her mother so terribly and constantly abused, it is troubling, to say the very least. It's hard for me to find words."