Posted on April 30, 2012

Father Accused of Trying to Sacrifice His Son

R. Stickney, NBC San Diego, April 30, 2012

A father is in custody, accused of attempting to sacrifice his own son in a San Diego area cemetery.

Joseph Ramirez, 30, took his family to Mount Hope Cemetery Saturday around 4:30 p.m. and told them his dead grandmother told him to sacrifice the 8-year-old boy, according to San Diego police.

Officers released a report stating Ramirez had brought candles to the cemetery. One of the candles broke, and he used a piece of the broken glass to slash open his son’s forearms.

Ramirez then slashed his own forearms.

Medical assistant Corey Granberry witnessed the incident and jumped in to help along with her best friend Jaymisha Pires.


When officers arrived, they transported Ramirez to a nearby hospital for treatment. Once he’s released, officers say Ramirez will be booked into county jail on charges of child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.