Manatee man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend 25 times could lose parental rights

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 22, 2014 

BRADENTON — A man charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend at least 25 times, could lose all parental rights permanently to the one child they share in common.

Erasto Sanchez was arrested Monday after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, waited for her and then stabbed her at least 25 times. He is now facing charges of attempted murder and resisting arrest.

Investigators say Sanchez admitted to stabbing her following his arrest and said he intended to kill her because he thought she was involved with another man. He then intended to kill himself.

The victim is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery, according to Bradenton police Lt. James Racky.

On Tuesday afternoon, a judge granted a Children’s Legal Services petition to temporarily provide shelter for the 8-month-old child Sanchez has with the victim. He was also denied bond and remains in custody at the Manatee County jail.

On Thursday, Sanchez appeared before Manatee County Judge Scott Brownell for a hearing to review the matter. Jonathan Growick of Children’s Legal Services explained the petition to terminate Sanchez’s parental rights permanently.

Brownell asked Sanchez if he had any questions or concerns.

“Am I going to be deported?” Sanchez asked in Spanish.

Sanchez was previously convicted federally of entering the country illegally.

“The deportation won’t be affected by this case,” Brownell told him.

Brownell warned Sanchez, however, the criminal case against him could have an effect on deportation.

“At this point you have the rights as a parent,” Brownell told him. “They are seeking to terminate your rights.”

An order prohibiting Sanchez from contact with any of his ex-girlfriend’s children, including his own, was extended by Brownell.

As he walked away in handcuffs, Sanchez crumbled his paperwork in his hand.

Sanchez will appear in court again at 9 a.m. June 17. Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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