HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) — A Hollywood man went before a judge Friday, a day after he allegedly beat his wife to death in front of their four children on suspicion that she was pregnant with someone else’s child.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
A day after the murder of Marie Carmel Joseph, 40, her husband, Claude Sejour, 48, was in a Broward County bond court, charged with killing her.
Police said he used nothing but a pipe wrench.
Joshua Palamisoa knew his neighbors as a loving, hard-working family.
“Haitian family coming to America to do the best that they can, and they loved each other,” he said.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
The tragedy, however, has now torn the family apart. With their mother gone and father facing a 1st degree murder charge, the couple’s four children, ages 4 to 17, are left to pick up the pieces.
“The father went a little crazy and beat the mom,” said Palamisoa.
In fact, Sejour admitted it to police.
“I did it. I finished her and called the police,” he allegedly told them, officers wrote in the arrest report.
Sejour was denied bond Friday. A hearing to determine where to place his children was also held. Sejour agreed not to contest the judge’s finding.MORE NEWS: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
The kids were given to a family member and therapy was ordered for them. Sejour was denied contact.