Prosecutors revealed that an Illinois father accused of drowning his three children in a bathtub left a note for his estranged wife, “if I can’t have them and neither can you.”
The note was brought Wednesday during a bond hearing for 35-year-old Jason Carell, who was held on three counts of first-degree murder for the drowning deaths of his children, Bryant, 5, Cassidy, 3, and 2- being done. Year old Gideon.
On Monday, three siblings were found dead at Karels’ home in the Chicago suburb of Round Lake Beach.
Officers discovered the note after the children were sent to the residence to conduct a welfare check at the request of the children’s mother, Debra Carell, who was unable to reach her husband.
According to prosecutors, they saw Jason’s blood all over the house, even after unsuccessful attempts to take his own life.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Jason’s bond at $10 million. Prosecutor Jeff Fackham said the Lake County state attorney’s office would try to hold Karels without the prospect of a cash bond, and that the motion would be heard in court on July 13.
Jason was arrested after a police chase, which ended in an accident on an Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet, Illinois.
According to Fackham, after the accident, Karel gave a statement to police officers that he drowned his children one by one in the tub.
“He also said that he attempted suicide several times after the deaths of the children, but was unsuccessful during these attempts,” Round Lake Beach Police Chief Gilbert Rivera said, according to ABC 7.
Officials said the Karels couple had separated and may have been sharing custody of their children. The motive of the crime is being investigated.
Prosecutors said Jason was briefly hospitalized after the accident, but has since been released.
A relative claimed that Jason suffers from mental illness, but is refusing to seek psychological help, and Debra was in the process of seeking a divorce after reportedly suffering abuse at the hands of her.
But the mom-of-three wanted to maintain a relationship with Jason for the sake of her children, and allowed them to be with her.
Debra told The Daily Beast that the last time she spoke with her kids was late on a Sunday night and they seemed “happy.”
“They were excited to hear from me. They were excited to chat,” Debra told the outlet. “They weren’t doing anything special, they just seemed excited that I was going to pick them up the next morning.”
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