A Bronx man admitted, in court, that he strangled his 14-year-old daughter who was pregnant with his unborn child. Miguel Matias, 35, pled guilty to one count of second degree murder in the death of Ana Matias on February 16, 2008.
Matias will get the maximum 25 years to life imprisonment, when sentenced next month.
The crime occurred at 1005 Walton Avenue where Matias lived and was also employed as the building’s superintendent. Investigators recovered what remained of the child’s charred body from a furnace where Matias had placed it following the murder. It was discovered that the victim was 12 weeks pregnant and that the defendant, according to DNA testing, was the biological father of the unborn child.
Matias and the girl’s mother had lived together in Pennsylvania before their relationship ended and Matias moved to New York. After the separation, Ana Matias and two other siblings would often come to the Bronx on weekends to visit their father.
Matias first admitted to killing his daughter during a telephone call to his uncle and sister when he asked them to come to his Walton Avenue apartment. Matias made a second admission in a later call to a 911 operator.