EVIL LESBIAN MOM LEFT TODDLER TO DIE SLOW DEATH: DA
By LAURA ITALIANO
January 25, 2008 -- A Manhattan jury began hearing a harrowing child-murder case yesterday - this one accusing a Harlem "momster" of abandoning her 23-month-old son to an agonizing, slow death after he was beaten by her lesbian lover.
Murder suspect Zahira Matos, 23, cried silently at the defense table as prosecutors used an overhead projector to show a photo of the bruised and bloody body of her son, Yovany Tellez Jr.
The boy's unclothed corpse was covered head to foot with some 40 bruises. His ribs and right ankle were broken, and his internal injuries included a cut to the liver that nearly severed the organ in two.
Matos is accused of murdering Tellez by recklessly failing to call 911 for as many as five hours after her drunken lover, Carmen Molina, 35, gave the boy an obviously fatal beating in their Grant Houses apartment for having soiled his pants.
Molina is currently serving a 15-years-to-life prison sentence for Yovany's murder.
"She sits here today for what she did, and most importantly, for what she did not do," prosecutor Kerry O'Connell said of Matos.
The boy died because Matos, who was barely 20 years old, had just given birth to her third child - and the couple was forcing little Yovany into potty training because they were too cheap to buy diapers for two children, O'Connell said.
"There was beer in the refrigerator, but not enough money for diapers," the prosecutor said.