(Scroll down for video) It was a nightmare for one mother from Florida, when her suicidal husband held her family hostage then stabbed her, her two young sons, another man, then stabbing and killing himself, also leaving one child dead, with his wife and his other son wounded.
When her husband killed himself Deanna DeJesus, 38, thought her nightmare was over, but it has all but just begun. Prosecutors arrested the mother and charged her with manslaughter and child neglect for failing to protect her kids as their father stabbed them during a hostage situation.
William DeJesus, drove his family to a Deerfield RV park where he forced them into a nearby RV, when the 76-year-old owner told them to leave his property, William shot and killed him. William then held the 76-year-old man's girlfriend at gunpoint and he called 911, telling the dispatcher he had "hijacked a woman."
When police arrived they could not enter the house as the 41-year-old father threatened to kill his family. Sadly during a seven-hour SWAT team standoff, William viciously stabbed every member of his family including himself. His 9-year-old son died from the stab wounds, his 7-year-old son and his wife, Deanna DeJesus, were both severely wounded before killing himself with the knife. The girlfriend of the RV owner was unharmed.
An autopsy found cocaine in both William DeJesus and in his 9-year-old boy. Authorities say Deanna DeJesus admitted she knew that her husband sometimes gave their children drugs, according to the news media.
Prosecutors argued that Deanna DeJesus should be imprisoned for “failure to act”. In court they allowed the jury to hear a statement from her surviving 7-year-old son, who told the investigators that he fought back against his father because his mother was doing nothing.
Defense attorney Terrence Moons said that his client was merely a victim of a homicidal rampage by her husband. She was stabbed, and wounded so severely that she was physically unable to help her children. "This is a massacre at the hands of a father," Moons told the court. "You can't go in and second-guess, 'Well, if you would've done this, then things would have ended differently,’” he said.
The jury found Deanna guilty of child neglect, but they were unable to reach a verdict on the manslaughter charge. she can spend up to 15 years in prison for the neglect charge alone.