Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2013

Police detail shocking murder of 9-year-old Matthew Hernandez, killed by father using a hatchet

A judge ruled a father should keep custody of his two sons just four months before the man killed one of the boys with a hatchet as he slept on the couch, sources reported Friday.

Matthew Hernanadez

Matthew Hernanadez

Sacramento police allege that the boy’s father, Phillip Raymond Hernandez, 36, is responsible murdering his nine-year-old son, Matthew Hernandez, as the boy’s great-grandmother looked on helplessly.

Hernandez was granted custody of the Matthew and his now-12-year-old brother in 2009 despite a startling history of violence and arrests and their mother claiming he was a dangerous man.

Police said that an initial investigation revealed that Hernandez went into the backyard of his home and grabbed a hatchet. He then broke a sliding glass door and found his son asleep on the couch. The other son was home, but harmed during the attack.

The hatchet was recovered at the scene. The deceased boy’s mother was out of California and is returning to Sacramento.

“There is no explanation for Hernandez’s unimaginable actions,” stated a police press release.


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  1. MD says:

    This is not shocking at all. When you give custody of children to men who have been violent to the child or their mother they often murder and abuse the children. It is predictable and the judge that orders custody to abusers should be held accountable for these preventable deaths.

  2. hsj says:

    The Sacramento County intentionally puts Children in harms way / murdered.
    The Sacramento County, County Board Supervisors, Jan Scully DA, CPS, Dept of Child Support Services, Sac PD, Family Law Court, Judges, Court Officials and others are part of the largest crime organization in committing child kidnapping, abuse, child rape, child murder.
    To EXTORT Billions of dollars+ from taxpayers, families and children – GOVT / COUNTY / JUDICIARY BIG, BIG SECRET (Title IV Funding – CASH FOR KIDS)
    Over 80% of children are taken (KIDNAPPED) from at least one PARENT by the U.S. Govt, Judiciary, Family Law Courts, District Attorneys, CPS and other govt agencies in divorce and other. Placed in extreme harm.
    -Remove a protective parent from children and what do you have? (An equivalent to dumping our children in the middle of a speeding freeway – Children’s death warrant)
    What do you think will happen?
    – U.S. Govt / Judiciary abused children grow up to be child abusers and child murderers (Cycle continues)
    – U.S. Child murder rate EPIDEMIC is 300% to 400% above that of other modern developed countries.
    – U.S. Child Murder Rate is an EPIDEMIC. The BBC reports
    – UNICEF reports, America has the worst record of child abuse and homicide in the industrialized world, with an average of 27 children killed every week …”
    -See YouTube “America’s Child Death Shame” BBC (It’s the U.S. Govt / Judiciary not the people that is responsible. Know the Facts, don’t be fooled.)
    -See website BBC News “America’s Child Death Shame”
    -Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the U.S. The BBC reports
    -Thousands of children MURDERED every year in U.S.
    -Millions of children ABUSED by every year U.S.
    -America has the worst child abuse record in the industrialized world. BBC’s Natalia Antelava
    -America’s children at extreme risk, exposed to extreme harm, abuse and / or murdered by the U.S. Govt /Judiciary/Family Law Courts.
    -Social / Economic Collapse (As our children goes, so does our country)
    -Billions of dollars+ EXTORTED from taxpayers, families and children.
    -Code of Silence for the worst CHILD PREDATORS criminally protected by the U.S. govt and the U.S. media
    -The U.S. Govt /Judiciary are inbreds of immoral and unethical (sociopaths) behavior, mainly within the justice system.
    The U.S. Govt / judiciary (Family Law Court, Judges, Lawyers, court, court officials, CPS and other U.S. govt agencies) is the world’s largest crime organization in committing child abuse, child rape, child murder, child trafficking, fraud, corruption and extortion from all taxpayers.
    “The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
    -Albert Einstein

  3. Diona says:

    Good job your Honor! Typical liberal California. He has already was sentenced to 3 years in prison for spousal abuse, but because of his “model behavior” was released early. He will get his justice in prison.

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