Stuart Monk / ShutterstockKids getting onto a school bus. (Stuart Monk / Shutterstock)
On Thursday in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 40-year-old Erik Alvarado allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend.
The girlfriend later said he also abused her by beating, strangling and suffocating her. And he appears to have done those things in the presence of their three children, ranging from toddler to school-age.
The woman said she was deprived of her phone and the means to seek help, as he made her stay near him at all times. According to a post from the Las Cruces Police Department, the abuse went well into the night.
In the morning, Alvarado allowed his girlfriend to get her kids to the bus stop, and that’s when she made her desperate bid for help.