By Hank Tester

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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.

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.

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.

The kids were given to a family member and therapy was ordered for them. Sejour was denied contact.


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