Round Lake Beach murders: Mother of 3 kids killed by father speaks out, ‘My children were amazing’

Round Lake Beach murders: Mother of 3 kids killed by father speaks out, ‘My children were amazing’

WAUKEGAN, Sick. (TOC) — A suburban father going through homicide costs within the deaths of his three youngsters left a notice for his estranged spouse that mentioned if he could not have the kids, then she could not both, prosecutors mentioned in court docket Wednesday.

“My youngsters have been superb and three stunning little souls who did not deserve this,” mentioned the kids’s mom, Debra Karels.

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Jason Karels, 35, had his bond set at $10 million by a Lake County (IL) choose, however prosecutors plan to petition for no bond at a listening to that might occur later this week.

It seems Karels and his spouse had an ongoing custody battle. The youngsters had been dropped off with him for the weekend.

“Mr. Karels left a notice within the house, which said, ‘If I can not have them, neither are you able to,'” Lake County State’s Legal professional Eric Rinehart mentioned.

Police mentioned a mom who was supposed to select up her three youngsters from her estranged husband contacted them round 1:40 p.m. Monday to carry out a well-being test inside a house within the 200-block of East Camden Lane within the Sutton-on-the-Lake subdivision. When police arrived, they discovered the three youngsters, who have been recognized as 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy and 2-year-old Gideon Karels by the Lake County Coroner’s Workplace, lifeless. The coroner’s workplace mentioned preliminary autopsies point out they died from drowning.

“He knew that nothing mattered to me greater than these youngsters. He took them away from me as a result of he knew it could damage me essentially the most,” Debra mentioned.

You’ll be able to hear the anguish in each syllable.

“I simply want I used to be there for them that day,” the kids’s mom mentioned. “I want I used to be there to seize them earlier than this all occurred.”

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Her quavering voice described the unthinkable for any father or mother. The mom recounted her three youngsters misplaced in an act of lethal brutality after Debra sought a divorce, imploring her husband to get assist for what she referred to as his suicidal ideas and psychological sickness.

Authorities mentioned the kids have been drowned within the bathtub by their father at his house on Camden Lane. Their our bodies have been present in a bed room.

Prosecutors mentioned Karels drowned them one after the other.

Lake County Board Member Dick Barr arrange a GoFundMe for the mom.

“She needs folks to know who they have been, and she or he needs folks to recollect them,” Barr mentioned. “I am gonna inform you, we’re getting a whole bunch of emails from folks saying ‘What else can we do?'”

Police arrested Karels when he crashed his Nissan off Interstate 80 close to Joliet after a high-speed chase with police.

“After the crash, Karels made statements to cops concerned within the chase and sporting body-worn cameras indicating he was chargeable for the deaths of the kids on the Spherical Lake Seaside house,” Spherical Lake Seaside Police Chief Gilbert Rivera mentioned Tuesday. “He additionally mentioned he tried to commit suicide a number of instances after the deaths of the kids however was unsuccessful throughout these makes an attempt.”

His blood was allegedly discovered inside the house.

“I attempted so exhausting,” Debra mentioned. “I by no means thought he would do one thing so tragic like this.”

She described how her estranged husband struggled with psychological well being.

“So many individuals informed me, don’t let him have them. Don’t let him have them as a result of he is mentally sick. To depart him consistently, however I used to be thoughts manipulated to consider he was a superb particular person,” she mentioned. “Belief your intestine. Belief what folks say.”

After being hospitalized, Karels, who has been charged with three counts of homicide, was taken to the Lake County Jail.

“I do not know that something may’ve stopped this or if there have been any early indications of it,” Chief Rivera mentioned. “As I discussed, we weren’t accustomed to this household nor with the home.”

The Illinois Division of Kids and Household Service had no earlier contact with the household, an company spokesman mentioned Wednesday.

The daddy has no recognized legal historical past or historical past of drug use or psychological sickness, Rivera mentioned.

The group is struggling to know this mindless act however is now rallying across the mom of these youngsters with a rising memorial outdoors the house.

If Karels posts bond earlier than that subsequent listening to, he is presupposed to keep away from the mom of these children.

The household had moved to the Spherical Lake Seaside house 5 years in the past, Rivera mentioned.

In the event you really feel suicidal otherwise you’re apprehensive about somebody you understand, you may name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can even textual content the Disaster Textual content Line by messaging TALK to 741741.

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