PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 29 April 2012 | UPDATED: 12:42 EST, 29 April 2012
Two women saved an eight-year-old boy from being killed by his father who was attempting to cut off his arms as part of a human sacrifice in a cemetery.
Jaymisha Pires and Corey Granberry grabbed the badly injured boy after his forearms had been slashed open.
Pires, 21, said her ‘motherly instincts’ kicked in when she saw the boy being attacked by his father.
Joseph Ramirez was later tackled by a security guard at the cemetery where he had allegedly tried to kill his son.
The 30-year-old told police his dead grandmother told him to sacrifice his son.
The injured boy was recovering in hospital with knife wounds to his forearms but police said he owes his life to the two have-a-go heroes.
Pires and Granberry, both 21, were at the Mount Hope cemetery in San Diego, California, to visit the grave of Granberry’s godson.
Pires told the San Diego Union Tribune she confronted Ramirez, begging him to release the boy.
‘My motherly instincts kicked in when I saw him hurting that little boy,’ said Pires, who has children aged six and two. ‘It was a blur. I just wanted him to stop.’
Pires said Ramirez kept saying, ‘We’re going to Jesus, we’re going to Jesus.’
Granberry said she grabbed the injured boy and Ramirez’s two other children, who are both toddlers.
Granberry wrapped a T-shirt around one of the arms of the boy, who was bleeding badly.
Ramirez was tackled by Dana Fontenot, a 60-year-old security guard who was on his third day of working at Mount Hope.
As well as slashing his son’s arms Ramirez also slashed his own arms.
When police arrived at the Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California, they took the boy to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Ramirez was taken to a hospital and will be charged with child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon on his release.