'Horrifying' father admits

‘Horrifying’ father admits to driving wife and kids to death, stabbing liver

A 36-year-old New York City father told his three children to fasten their seatbelts before he ran over their mother with a Ford Explorer, exited the vehicle, and stabbed her in the liver — just days before Christmas.

Tuesday, Stephen Giraldo pleaded guilty to attempted murder after an attack left his 41-year-old estranged wife, Sophia Giraldo, with “severe neurological damage,” according to a statement by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

The patient survived.

Giraldo is expected to receive a 25-year prison sentence at his sentencing in October. According to Katz’s office, the attack occurred on December 27 at approximately 5:20 a.m..

Giraldo was captured on surveillance video approaching the victim’s residence in a white Ford Explorer. He was supposed to deliver their children, ages 6, 9, and 11, to their parents.

'Horrifying' father pleads guilty

Prosecutors claim that when the children’s mother left the vehicle, Giraldo told them to fasten their seatbelts and stepped on the gas.

According to prosecutors, Sophia Giraldo suffered “severe neurological damage,” fractured leg bones, and a stab wound to the liver.

“The horrifying brutality of the attack, as well as the fact that it occurred in full view of the victim’s three young children, sparked outrage and grief throughout the city,” Katz said Tuesday. “We applaud the guilty plea and the incarceration of a violent and dangerous man, but today’s outcome does not alleviate the immense pain and lifelong suffering the defendant caused.”

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