Police in New York made a grisly discovery on Monday when a former teacher and her 4-year-old son were found dead. Felicia Barahona made headlines in 2012 after it was discovered she was having sex with an 18-year-old male student. She first struck up a relationship with the boy when he was 15, but waited two years until his 17th birthday to have intercourse. She told the teen she did not like condoms and “not to worry” about using protection during their five times a week sex hookups at the school.
The affair between the two lasted for at least four months before being discovered, at which time Barahona became pregnant by the student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. The couple went to doctor’s appointments together and Barahona even purchased wedding rings in hopes of marriage. Barahona gave birth to the couple’s son Miguel in August of 2012 after the couple had broken up. When she gave birth she was fired from her job by the school district.
Police were called to Barahona’s Harlem apartment on Monday after the building supervisor responded to complaints of a foul smell. Inside, Barahona was found dead with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck. Her son Miguel was found drowned in the bathtub. According to the building superintendent, he last saw Barahona on Wednesday of last week. Police are still investigating to determine if the deaths are a double homicide or even murder-suicide.
Barahona had at some point needed the assistance of social services, but what actions were taken on her behalf have not been revealed. In a statement Monday, the Administration for Children’s Services said, “We are deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our city’s children. We understand the NYPD is currently investigating this matter.”