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The New York Post
By DOUGLAS MONTERO and TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS
December 20, 2007 | 10:00am
December 20, 2007 — A cousin who stopped taking his anti-depression medication was charged with the savage slayings of a 25-year-old Bronx woman and her 6-year-old daughter, cops said yesterday.
Meanwhile, a neighbor told The Post she heard the screams of tragic child Monique Beckford, but did nothing because she thought the little girl was just being disciplined.
Camor Harding, 20, fatally stabbed both Monique and her mother, Yolanda, 25, in their Wakefield apartment, authorities said. Both were found stabbed several times on Tuesday.
The suspect “helped the detectives walk over to an ex-boyfriend’s house. He was probably hoping that they would arrest the boyfriend,” said neighbor Simsky Harrison.
Harding, who sometimes baby sat Monique, suffered from depression, family members said.
“He stopped taking his medication and we didn’t realize it,” said a cousin, Phyllis Bacchas.
Harding told cops that he was angry at the woman because she had stirred his drink with her fingers after touching herself and that the child’s slaying was accidental, prosecutors said at his arraignment last night. He was held without bail on a murder charge.
A 35-year-old neighbor who asked not to be identified, said, “We heard the child screaming and banging the door crying for help.” But the neighbor thought Monique was crying because she was being punished.
Additional reporting by Erin Calabrese and Brigitte Williams-James