Two women saved an eight-year-old boy from being ritually killed by his father, who was attempting to cut off his arms as part of a human sacrifice in a cemetery in San Diego on Saturday.
Around 4:30 p.m., Joseph Ramirez, 30, brought his three children to Mount Hope Cemetery. He claimed that his dead grandmother had spoken with him from beyond the grave and ordered him to sacrifice his 8-year-old boy.
According to NBC San Diego, Ramirez brought several candles to the cemetery as part of the ritual. One of the candles broke and he began to cut is son's forearms with the broken glass. He then proceeded to slash his own arms.
Jaymisha Pires and Corey Granberry, both 21, witnessed the attack. Granberry, a medical assistant, was visiting her godson's grave. She saw a woman covered in blood, crying out for help. Pires and Granbery were the only people willing to step in.
Out of all these people were passing her by, she almost got hit by a car, all these people that were just passing her by, Granberry said, reported NBC.
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Pries said she felt her instincts kick in when she saw Ramirez attacking the defenseless 8-year-old.
My motherly instincts kicked in when I saw him hurting that little boy, said Pires, who has children aged 6 and 2, reported the San Diego Union Tribune. It was a blur. I just wanted him to stop.
The two women approached Ramirez and his children. He was unwilling to let his 8-year-old boy go. The pair kept telling the man We're going to Jesus, we're going to Jesus, reported the Union Tribune.
Ramirez final relented and let the boy go and took off running. Granberry grabbed the boy and the other two children, one a toddler. The other child was reportedly about three. Granberry then wrapped a T-shirt around the injured boy.
I grabbed the little boy, sat him down on the curb, grabbed a shirt and wrapped it up on his arm, said Granberry, according to NBC.
Dana Fontenot, a 60-year-old security guard from Able Patrol and Guard who working for the cemetery, saw Ramirez and tackled him.
It's all in a day's work, said Fontenot.
Officers arrived and took Ramirez to a nearby hospital for treatment. He will be charged for child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. The 8-year-old boy was taken to Rady Children's Hospital. At this time, the condition of Ramirez and his son remain unknown.
While Granberry and Pires are being hailed as heroes, they are just happy there were there to help.
I think sometimes people are put in places, said Granberry, according to NBC. And honestly, we were at the right place at the right time.