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Man arrested on suspicion of trying to 'sacrifice' son at cemetery

April 30, 2012 |  8:40 pm

A 31-year-old San Diego man is set to be arraigned on charges of child abuse and attempted murder after a bizarre incident in which police say he attacked his 8-year-old son with broken glass in an attempted sacrifice.

Joseph Ramirez is being held in jail without bail pending  arraignment Wednesday in San Diego County Super Court.

According to police, Ramirez took his three children to Mt. Hope Cemetery on Saturday and then cut his son's arms after supposedly hearing the voice of his dead grandmother calling for the boy to be sacrificed. He then cut his own forearms, police said.

The glass came from a broken candle holder that Ramirez had brought to the cemetery, police said. Ramirez stopped cutting the boy when other visitors at the cemetery confronted him, police said. He was arrested without incident.

The boy was treated at a hospital and released.


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