A 22-year-old man who confessed to murdering his former high-school-teacher-turned lover on Christmas night also killed the four-year-old boy they’d had together after the child walked in and saw him standing over the woman’s body, police said.
Isaac Duran Infante had just garroted Felicia Barahona, 36, with a telephone cord when their son Miguel Barahona entered the room from the bathroom, insider sources claimed.
Infante than strangled the tiny witness before dumping his body in the bathtub and running off, insiders told the NY Daily News.
They said Infante, who was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on murder charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, has admitted to entering Barahona’s apartment with the intention of killing her.
He struck her to the floor before strangling her with the telephone cord, they said.
Police sources also said he turned himself in after his sister, Elizabeth, showed police a photo of him in a red sweatshirt. He had worn that sweatshirt when he entered that apartment, but left it behind afterward, they said.
Infante had reportedly been angry about how Barahona was raising their child, including feeding him junk food instead of cooking him meals, and dressing him like a girl.
He had also reportedly complained about having problems paying $80-100 in child support a week.
Infante, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was reportedly seduced by Barahona, who ‘made her his sex toy’ while she was his science teacher at the Bronx’s DeWitt Clinton High School.
He fathered Miguel while still at the school, sources said.
Infante was photographed on his perp walk on Tuesday night after police arrested him on murder charges.
Infante, who was taken into custody on Tuesday, was photographed by reporters as police led him out of the 30th Precinct in West Harlem in handcuffs.
He was charged with both murders Tuesday night.
Barahona, who made headlines in 2012 when she had a baby with her then-teenage student, was discovered dead Monday morning inside her Harlem apartment, along with Miguel.
She was lying on the living room floor with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck and the little boy was found face down in a bathtub filled with water, investigators said.
A medical examiner determined Barahona died from strangulation and her son died of asphyxia from neck compression, according to NBC 4 New York.
Duran Infante’s grandmother told the station that she wanted justice and that she knows her grandson is innocent of the charges.
The couple shared custody of Miguel, according to relatives.
Family on Miguel’s father’s side were expecting to see the boy for New Year’s Eve to give him his Christmas presents, according to NBC.
The superintendent of Barahona’s building called 911 early Monday morning after he noticed a foul stench coming from the family’s third-floor apartment, WABC reported.
He then saw the woman’s body in the living room through the fire escape.
Duran said his actions were an evil deed and mentioned the devil during his confession, law enforcement sources told the New York Post on Tuesday.
He first told investigators he hadn’t visited his former teacher’s apartment since 2011 and acted like a grieving father, sources said.
But detectives saw him on surveillance footage entering and leaving the building on several days, including six days ago when he went inside and came out in different clothes, the New York Post reported.
The former student is believed to not have a criminal history or past experiences with mental illness.
An investigative report released in early 2013 revealed that Barahona, then 32 years old, had a four-month affair with a 17-year-old boy who attended Dewitt Clinton High School in The Bronx where she taught science.
The teacher got pregnant after allegedly telling her underage lover ‘not to worry’ about using condoms because she did not like them, according to a report by the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation.
Barahona at first flirted with Infante on Facebook and then in October 2011 invited him to a McDonald’s near Columbus Circle, the New York Post reported.
She, Infante and her young daughter went to a Disney store together, according to the report.
During their first ‘date’, Barahona told Duran Infante that she wanted to kiss him, but didn’t because her daughter – now eight years old – was there.
Photos posted on Barahona’s mother’s Facebook page at the time showed the newborn baby boy in a pink outfit, and the woman’s neighbors in Harlem told to the New York Post that she would sometimes dress Miguel as a girl.
Barahona also had an eight-year-old daughter from a previous relationship who did not live with her.
On her Facebook page, Barahona indicated that she studied forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and also taught at the school. She described her martial status as ‘divorced’.
Barahona, an Afghan War veteran, had waited until her teenage lover was of legal age of consent before the pair began a sexual relationship in 2011.
He told investigators that ‘he embraced the idea of being a father’, and later moved in with Barahona to prepare for the birth, according to the Post.
But the couple broke up a few weeks later after Barahona told him that she wanted to take the child out of the country to visit family.
She allegedly went so far as to purchase the pair wedding rings during their brief romance.
It is believed that the couple were getting together five times a week for trysts, according to the investigation for which they were both interviewed.
The New York Daily News reported in 2013 that Barahona kicked her young lover out of her home for drinking after four months together and shortly after she learned that she was pregnant.
Barahona was fired from her $73,000-a-year job at DeWitt Clinton High School in August 2012, around the time that she welcomed her son.
Her downstairs neighbor, Nelson Jaque, told DNAInfo New York that he would often see the mother playing with her son and described her demeanor as extremely protective, to the point of being obsessive.
Neighbors of Barahona’s mother told the Post that workers for the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) picked up Barahona’s daughter Tuesday morning.
‘We are deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our city’s children. ACS, along with NYPD, is currently investigating this matter,’ said ACS spokesperson Jose Bayona.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Wilkinson, Valerie Edwards, Snejana Farberov and Clemence Michallon