last the time Debra Karels talked to her three small children on On Sunday evening, they looked “happy” and excited. for her to pick them up from their father house for Doctor visit.
“They were happy to hear from me. They were happy to chat,” Karels told The Daily Beast. “They didn’t do anything special just seemed excited that I was about to pick them up in next morning.”
But just hours Karels later called the police and asked them perform welfare check in house of her aloof husband, Jason Carells. When the Round Lake Beach Police went out to Camden Lane home found three children-5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old cassie and 2-year-old Gideon—dead. Them father bored.
Terrifying discovery sparks massive search for Jason Carels, who eventually traced down in his red Nissan Maxima on local highway. He was arrested after a 17-minute high-speed chase what ended in a crash. 35-year-old father then confessed that he had drowned his three children, adding that he had tried die committed suicide several times times after the killings, police said.
Karels was transferred to a local hospital. remains in guarded. The Lake County Coroner’s Office said on Tuesday that preliminary autopsies of three children indicate that they all died from drowning, although this remains it is unclear exactly where they died. Police said there was blood at the scene. house but no on in children.
“I just in mistrust. you never think of something like it will happen to you. I never thought he would do this to his children,” said Karels. “But now I know if you have any idea of doubts, do not ignore them and stick to your opinion.
Authorities pointed out that the shocking killings that rocked a cohesive Illinois community- were “motivated by the everyday situation.” Debra Karels-in-Lo’s sister told The Daily Beast that Jason “had serious mental problems and refused to help”.
“Unfortunately, there was domestic violence. in their relationship, and Debbie finally mustered the strength to leave him and continue with divorce”, Christina Neumann Berg, who married to debbie brother said on Tuesday. “But Debbie wanted maintain relationships with her kids father and let him visit them, and now we know it was terrible mistake”.
Karelians also noted that she just commenced divorce proceedings left Jason a month before even taking out loan to hire a lawyer. She said she was estranged husband pushed for visit with children, what she allowed despite a little voice in in head because he said he would “never hurt children”.
“He said all my beef with you,” Karels said, noting that he even talked about potentially joining in family on visit to the doctor on Monday. “He wanted for the children to be peaceful.
Break down in tears, Karels described her three children as “wonderful”, each of which has unique personality. Bryant, she said, was a “very, very smart” kid. who favorite video games and really wanted start kindergarten is year.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry mom, I’ll always take care of of you are she added.
Her only daughter, Cassidy, was a “little middle child” who Karels believed that she would protect her brothers. The youngest, Gideon, “was a sweet mama’s boy.” who was obsessed with dinosaurs and Mickey Mouse.
Lake County Councilman Dick Barr told The Daily Beast the tragic deaths were stunned community members, who now trying to do their best to help Karelians rebuild their lives.
“This community always got together in tragedy, Barr, who also launched GoFundMe, added.
But for Karels and Berg knowing that Jason Karels already in detention and prosecution with three bills of murder gives them hope thatjustice still serve.”
“We want justice”, – said Berg. “He needs to sort out with Exodus of his actions. he needs to pay for What did he do.”