Michael Baptiste, 71, allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death several times inside the Brooklyn apartment they shared and hours later turned himself in to police.
The victim was identified as Claudette Ferron, 58. According to the NYPD, the crime happened early Monday morning on Linden Blvd. near E. 43rd St. in East Flatbush.
A neighbor claimed the couple had a tumultuous relationship. “It’s sad, but he couldn’t control his emotions,” the unidentified witness commented to the Daily News. “It’s the court system. She had an order of protection against him. He was released … After a couple of weeks, I saw him return here.”
He added that the couple’s most recent dispute involved a $2,000 debt Ferron reportedly owed Baptiste.
A protective order was found in the hallway of the multi-family home and was active until May 26. According to police sources, Baptiste stabbed Ferron several times in the back following an argument. He arrived at the NYPD 67th Precinct hours later and confessed to the crime.
Officers rushed to the apartment to discover the woman’s lifeless, bloody body on a bed around 3:45 p.m. Monday. Next to her was a hammer that police believed she was using as a weapon.
After undergoing a psychiatric examination, Baptiste was charged with manslaughter. All charges are mere accusations, and those being prosecuted are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Previously, on Friday, another woman was found dead in her Brooklyn home, attacked by her partner – Kelly Kwak, a 28-year-old nursing student. She was the victim of a vicious beating, and police suspect her boyfriend, who was at the scene and reportedly suffers from mental illness.
In a similar case, in February, Cesar Santana was arrested in Miami and accused of killing his ex-partner Luz Hernandez, a Dominican kindergarten teacher in Jersey City (NJ).
In January, a 60-year-old public relations executive was beaten to death by her partner, who then barricaded himself in their Brooklyn apartment.
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