Published November 07, 2012
A deranged Bronx dad, distraught over a breakup with his wife, drowned their 5-year-old son, poisoned their 6-year-old daughter and tried to take his own life today, police said.
Cops said Leonardo Espinal , 47, was staying at his stepmother’s house, where he was taking care of the children for the day.
Instead of bringing them home as planned, he told his estranged wife, Rosaura Abreu, he would keep them overnight, but contacted her an hour later to say he was going to kill himself.
Abreu rushed over at about 1:30 a.m., but when she arrived, Espinal had locked himself in the bathroom with the boy, whose sister was asleep on a couch.
A few minutes later, cops arrived, but they were too late. Espinal was full-clothed in a bathtub filled with water, with his lifeless, naked son beneath him.
Paramedics rushed the boy to St. Barnabus hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
But the drama wasn’t done yet.