Two years after a 27-year-old man from Florida murdered his infant son with a sock, a judge sentenced the man to life in prison after he pleaded “no contest” to second-degree murder charges in court.
Gene Anthony Quinones-Rivera confessed to murdering his 2-month-old baby Gediaelamir Rivera in June 2015 by stuffing a sock into his mouth in order to get him to stop crying.
Quinones-Rivera said he got mad at his son after he kept crying throughout the night. He believed that a sock would solve the problem, but killed his son instead.
“My son was crying, and I was angry with him for that,” he said. “That’s the only reason I was angry with my son.”
Quinones-Rivera claimed he tried to use CPR, but was unsuccessful at reviving the infant.
“He never answered, so I put him in the bath with cold water,” he said. “I was scared; his mother was scared, too.”
Once he determined that the boy was dead, he put him in a trash bag and dumped the body in a wooded area.
Neither parent filed a police report.
In December 2016, after Quinones-Rivera became religious, he decided to confess. He walked into a Panama City police station and told the officers about killing his child.
“I received Jesus in my life,” he said. “Jesus strengthened me for that. Right now I don’t have fear, but I know I needed to pay for that. I can’t lie no more. I need to be free.”
According to Parker Police Chief Dennes Hutto, the murder would have gone unsolved if not for Quinones-Rivera’s confession.
“I’m glad he did come forward,” Hutto told the News Herald. “If he hadn’t, no one would have ever known what happened to this infant.”
The mother, Ramos-Melendez, was arrested in New York and charged with aggravated manslaughter for the child’s death.
Quinones-Rivera received life in prison, the maximum sentence available for his crime.