Daily Mail reports:
A student has confessed to killing his former teacher and their four-year-old love child, in part because he was angry the mother dressed their son as a girl, police sources have told the New York Post.
Former Bronx student Isaac Duran, 22, told authorities on Tuesday he had killed 36-year-old Felicia Barahona and their four-year-old son Miguel at their upper Manhattan apartment, according to law enforcement sources.
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.
Duran, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, said he had killed his former teacher and their child because he was angry over how Barahona was raising Miguel, police sources said. He also mentioned a problem with paying for child support.
Duran said his actions were an evil deed and mentioned the devil during his confession, law enforcement sources told the newspaper 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 Felicia 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. Barahona delivered a son in August 2012.
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 4-year-old 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.
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 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.