The lawyer of a missing teacher from Staten Island said she feared the worst because she had disappeared less than 48 hours after her husband, allegedly a victim of violence, arrested Wednesday, had received the "death penalty". act of divorce.
"My biggest fear is to stop talking to Jeanine," said lawyer Eric Gansberg, who represents Jeanine Cammarata in her divorce against her ex-husband, Michael Cammarata.
Michael received a divorce order last Thursday and Jeanine was preparing Monday for a divorce and custody hearing for her 3-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, the lawyer said.
"It does not make sense to me. She was so eager to proceed. She wanted to be with her children. I can not imagine it going away, "Gansberg said.
The NYPD interrogated and arrested Michael after admitting to assaulting the woman, sources of public order said. He was charged with assault, harassment and criminal harassment – but the charges were unrelated to Jeanine's disappearance, the sources added.
Jeanine's owner told The Post she had told him about Michael's strange behavior towards him.
"[She] once told me that he would follow her [while she was driving] with the lights off on his car. It's terrifying, "said José Perez.
The mother of three, who teaches PS 29 in the Castleton Corners section, was last seen Saturday night and would pick up her kids at Michael's home in the 120th riding of Staten Island.
His attorney told The Post that they had probably chosen the neutral venue because "Jeanine had expressed her trepidation, which is the least we can say, about the presence of her husband. "
They had previous protection orders against each other, he added. "In fact, she said she left the marital home because of domestic violence, although she does not want to remove the children from their home," said Gansberg.
Jeanine, 37, and Michael, 42, married on April 6, 2014 and separated around May 2016, according to a family member.
Jeanine also has a child from a previous marriage of Greg Gubitosi, of Long Island, 11 years old.
This child does not know that his mother has disappeared, said his mother-in-law, Daniella Gubitosi.
"We try to protect it as much as possible until we have a little more information. We are not at all prepared for that. Obviously, who can be? She told The Post.
Additional report by Max Jaeger