Bronx man pleads not guilty of abusing two foster care children in his apartment

Neighbors at Eastchester Gardens, where the man lived, say they were not aware of the alleged abuse taking place in his third-floor apartment.

News 12 Staff

May 16, 2023, 9:16 PM

Updated 368 days ago

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A Bronx man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a slew of charges against him relating to a case of two abused foster children in his apartment.  
Michael Ramos currently faces several counts of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. Neighbors at Eastchester Gardens, where Ramos lived, say they were not aware of the alleged abuse taking place in his third-floor apartment.  
In April, police discovered the case after responding to the apartment for a call of a disturbance. Law enforcement officials say Ramos kept a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother captive for months, starting after Ramos’ mother, who was the foster parent of the two kids, passed away.  
Police say Ramos repeatedly beat the children with a wooden bat and with an electrical cord. The two children also endured numerous cuts across their bodies from a sword, according to authorities.  
Ramos is also accused of using a fork to puncture one of the two kids’ cheeks, and that Ramos also repeatedly held a loaded gun to their heads as a threat.  
The defendant is currently being held without bail, and is due back in court on August 16.  


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