He Killed his Girlfriend While Infant Son Slept in Crib Nearby and Now He’s Charged with Murder

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NEW YORK, NY – A New York man has been indicted on a murder charge after he killed his 18-year-old girlfriend while the couple’s five-month-old son slept in a crib nearby.

According to a police investigation, Dylan Diaz, 26, then left the couple’s home in Bensonhurst and went to a store. He eventually returned and called a relative who works for the New York City Police Department. Around 10 a.m., officers from the 62nd Precinct responded and found Maravilla’s body. The defendant was then taken to the 62nd Precinct where he allegedly admitted to killing Maravilla. The couple had been in a relationship for two years.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This was a depraved and despicable act that left an innocent young woman dead, an infant boy to grow up without his mother, and an entire family traumatized with grief. We will now seek to bring this defendant to justice for his alleged actions.”

He is being held without bail and was ordered to return to court on July 13, 2022.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on the evening of May 5, 2022, the defendant and the victim, Damaris Maravilla, 18, allegedly had an argument over the care of their five-month-old son. The next morning, as the couple lay in bed, and their son slept nearby in a crib, the defendant allegedly placed his arm around Maravilla’s neck and strangled her until she lost consciousness. The defendant is alleged to have then violently sexually assaulted the unconscious woman before breaking her neck and killing her.

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