An Oak Cliff Man Fought Off a Nurse and Firefighters as They Tried to Save His Dying Son, Police Say

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Update on November 11: Sergio Ramirez was no-billed by a Dallas County grand jury.

Original post:When Lisa Decatur arrived at the West Oak Cliff apartment at 7 a.m. Saturday, the child was fine. The 43-year-old home health care nurse is part of the team that provided round-the-clock to Sergio Arellano Ramirez's 1-year-old son, who had an undisclosed medical condition and severe breathing problems. The empty beer cans strewn about the apartment, and Ramirez's admission that he'd stayed up all night talking, were somewhat unusual, but nothing to disrupt the normal routine.

Decatur had been there an hour and was feeding the child breakfast when Ramirez asked her to put his son in the stroller and wheel him into the family room. Decatur obliged. She moved the medical equipment first then, as she turned to retrieve the child, she heard his suction machine, needed to clear fluid from his lungs, abruptly stop.

When she entered the bedroom, she found Ramirez standing there, clutching his son tightly to his chest. Decatur and a witness -- the child's mother, perhaps; the police report doesn't specify -- begged him to let go.

"You have to let me suction him!" the nurse pleaded. Ramirez responded, according to police, by headbutting her in the face and repeatedly yelling "Fuck you!"

Decatur briefly left the room to call 911. When she returned, Ramirez was standing over the child, whom he had laid on the bed, police say. She moved in to perform CPR, but he kept pushing her away, screaming "You don't know what the fuck you are doing!" He was slapping Decatur as paramedics entered the room.

Michael Barrett, a 60-year-old Dallas firefighter, tried to grab Ramirez so the paramedics could perform CPR, but Ramirez reared back and punched him in the right temple, knocking him unconscious. Police arrived not long after that, finding a disoriented Barrett leaning woozily over the front railing. They then relieved the two firefighters who had Ramirez pinned to the ground and placed him under arrest.

Ramirez was taken to Lew Sterrett on a pair of assault charges, one for headbutting the nurse, the other for knocking out the firefighter. The child was taken to Methodist Central Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Dallas police say they are investigating the incident as child abuse.

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dc005
dc005

24-7 nursing care is at least $1,000 a week.   Presumably this has been going on for most of a year.  


How many 24-7 situations are taxpayers paying for?"

Jacksondog
Jacksondog

Very sad situation.Drunk despairing dad-chronically ill child.Sad for all concerned.

nananancs
nananancs

Drugs =  violence against family 

chunkyjones
chunkyjones

This should have happened in Mexico. All of these resources (fire police jails hospitals etc) were used on an illegal baby killing Mexican who should have been deported a long time ago.

Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez

what cause this father to do this at the time that he did it. when he could have done it any other time. where did the thought of hurting and killing come from. if he had never done this before

Pamela Young
Pamela Young

omg this brought tears to my eyes.....how could someone better yet a parent do this....... :-(

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Maybe he was just trying to save the taxpayers some money.

Tina Camille Higgins
Tina Camille Higgins

Umm that's not child abuse, that's murder. He withheld emergency help that could have saved this precious baby. Our justice system is completely f*****.

Jose Lemus Jr.
Jose Lemus Jr.

Pretty sure the charges will change after the ME's report.

Pat Patterson
Pat Patterson

I'd say the police should be calling it homicide instead of child abuse...

hentai.jeff
hentai.jeff

@dc005 THAT'S what you're worried about in this article? REALLY? As a father of a heart baby you make me sick.

kingdomofthefuture
kingdomofthefuture

& what makes you so sure that he is an illegal? because he has an hispanic name? what if her had a german last name? or an italian last name? How do you know he is mexican? My mother has an Italian/spanish sounding name, speaks 4 languages inluding spanish, and is just as "american" as you are. Ethnicity, nationality, has nothing to do with this story. Some people of spanish ancestry are 4th or 5th generation American. You should not assume dude. Geez.

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

@Carlos Gomez just another uneducated immigrant

roo_ster
roo_ster

@ruddski Fourth trimester abortion?  "Margaret Sanger to the white courtesy phone..."

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Partial birth, 1 yr old, whatever. Choice, quality of life, what of those concerns?

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Maybe dad decided the kid's quality of life demanded action, a jury will decide.

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