What would you do if your recently-turned-ex-wife began a relationship with another man? Well, duh! You’d try to kill the children the two of you created together! That appears to be the thought process of of Leonardo Espinal in November of 2012, anyway.
Ol’ Leonardo decided to lace the pizza he was feeding his five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter with rat poison when he found out the news about his ex-wife, after sharing about 10 years with her and having her kick him out of their apartments two weeks prior.
Unclear as to whether it was during the meal or afterward, seven-year-old Mia began vomiting. Five-year-old Steward defecated himself. Leonardo then carried the boy to the bathroom before calling his wife and saying, “What is about to happen is your fault.”
The ex-wife, Rosaura Abreu, then frantically called his stepmother, who got in touch with the police.
When officer’s arrived, they kicked down the bathroom door and found Leonardo cradling his son’s now lifeless and naked body in the bathtub. he had purportedly died from both the poison and being submerged in the water. His daughter was found sleeping on the couch, surrounded by her own vomit.

After pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder last month, Leonardo spoke not a word in court for his sentencing. Justice Troy Webber, however, did. “I’m glad to put you in prison,” Webber said, wondering out loud how any parent, let alone human being, could commit such a heinous crime.

His ex-wife gave an emotionally charged victim impact statement written in Spanish and translated and read by a prosecutor that read, “I will never forget the last time I saw my little son. He was radiant, happy, content, and followed me all around the house. When it was time for me to leave, he followed me to the door and I knelt down to talk with him. It's as if my heart knew that it would be the last time I would see him alive.”

Her last words to him on November 6, 2012, were, “I love you from the bottom of my heart, more than my own life.”

Leonardo Espinal was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Mia, the precious seven-year-old, now suffers panic attacks if any mention of returning to the apartment is made. According to her mother, “She never wanted to sleep in the same bed where she slept with her Steward, protecting him from monsters.”

“Mia suffers a great deal when she goes to parties, when she goes to bed, when she plays with other children, when she sees photos of him, when she sees another boy the same age as him, when she sees me sad because she knows I am thinking of him,” she continued.

Both Rosaura Abreu and Mia are in therapy. “All we can do is take it day by day,” Rosaura said.