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Man arrested for allegedly attempting to sacrifice son at cemetery

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego police have arrested a man they say slashed his 8-year-old son with broken glass at a cemetery as a sacrifice to his dead grandmother.

Joseph Ramirez was arrested after the weekend attack at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego. He remains jailed Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse.

The San Diego man reportedly had heard his grandmother's voice telling him to sacrifice his son.

Police say he took his three children to the cemetery on Saturday and cut the boy's arms with a broken candle holder he'd brought with him.

Police say he then cut his own forearms. Other cemetery visitors confronted Ramirez and he ran but was tackled by a security guard.

Father and son were treated at a hospital.


This is a story update. The previous story is below.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 30-year-old man who allegedly heard voices in his head that told him to sacrifice his 8-year-old son Saturday used a knife to slice open both of the boy's sons forearms then cut his own, San Diego police said.

About 4:30 p.m., the man took his family to Mount Hope Cemetery in the 3700 block of Market Street, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

The man said he heard voices in his head telling him to sacrifice the boy, then allegedly took out a knife and slashed the inside of both of his son's forearms, Stafford said. He then turned the knife on himself, cutting open both his forearms, Stafford said.

Officers arrived and took the man into custody. Stafford said he was taken to a hospital to be treated, but would be booked into jail for suspicion of child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

The boy was taken to a children's hospital to be treated, Stafford said.

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