Miami-Dade County

She doted on her baby on Facebook. Now she's accused of stabbing him to death

Nathaly Ramos was charged with murder and attempted murder on Sunday, jail records show. She’s being held on no bond.
Nathaly Ramos was charged with murder and attempted murder on Sunday, jail records show. She’s being held on no bond.

Nathaly Ramos appeared to be a doting mother as she chronicled her son’s life on her Facebook page.

First she posted grainy sonograms of the baby in her belly. Then came dozens of photos of the infant in a tiger onesie and an “I Love Mommy” outfit.

On Sunday, 2-year-old Alphonse was stabbed to death at his South Miami-Dade home. His mother was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder after stabbing herself and another man, according to jail records.

The tragedy belied what started as a sweet time for mother and son.

“I love the time of the day when my son throws himself on me and gets all comfy’d up next to me. It’s beautiful how much comfort and love emanates from your children,” Ramos posted on Facebook in August 2016.

But in recent months, the cute photos of her son were replaced by abstract portraits and phrases — including one of pink and white flowers with the words: “Your story is unique, it’s beautiful and it’s not over.”

Police would only say Sunday that a suicidal mother stabbed her 2-year-old son to death, wounded a man and then turned the weapon on herself inside a government housing complex near Homestead just before 7 a.m.

The woman remained at Homestead Hospital in critical condition Sunday night. The man was taken to Jackson South Community Hospital where his condition was unknown.

County jail records show that woman is 22-year-old Nathaly Ramos. Ramos, who was also identified by neighbors, was placed into custody at around 4 p.m. and faces charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder. She is being held without bond.

Miami-Dade police would not confirm Ramos’ identity or release any details of the stabbing despite jail records of her arrest.

By Sunday afternoon, crime-scene tape blocked off the door to Apartment No. 5. No family members were around, but neighbors and friends, who did not want to be identified, painted a picture of a depressed and troubled young woman who didn’t have custody of her child and lived at a shelter.

Neighbors said Ramos’ mother lived in the home with her grandson, Alphonse, and her other children at 28200 SW 124th Pl.

Homes inside the government housing subdivision just north of the Homestead Air Reserve Base resemble typical Florida condos. They are mostly single-story connected units with beige, stucco exteriors, small patios covered with awnings, and neatly manicured gardens facing the street.

But residents say they live with the daily threat of violent crime. The handful of people who spoke with reporters about the family refused to be identified.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year.

“Even before she had the baby she was always an emotional wreck,” a neighbor told the Herald.

It was not immediately clear whether police have been to the home before, or if the Department of Children and Families has been involved with Ramos or her mother.

In an email late Sunday, DCF told the Herald the agency was “aware” of the incident and would not comment until Monday.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

David Goodhue: @DavidGoodhue