Bond set at $10 million for father charged with drowning three children in Round Lake Beach

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bond was set at $10 million for a father charged with three counts of homicide after police say he confessed to drowning his three children.

Jason Karels, 35, appeared in court docket Wednesday. The State’s Attorney is submitting a movement Wednesday to disclaim bond. 

And new, chilling particulars have been revealed. 

Around 1:40 a.m. Monday, police responded to a house in the 200 block of East Camden Lane, after receiving a request for a well-being examine from the children’s mom, who was supposed to choose them up from their estranged father, in response to Round Lake Police Chief Gilbert Rivera.

CBS 2 discovered the mom discovered the children useless on a mattress. 

Karels additionally left a observe saying, “If I can’t have them, neither can you.” Prosecutors say Karels was referring to the children in his letter. Karels was assigned a public defender at the listening to. His subsequent court docket listening to is July 13. 

Police entered the house and located the three children – 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy, and 2-year-old Gideon – useless inside.

Three children – 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy, and 2-year-old Gideon – have been discovered useless in their father’s Round Lake Beach dwelling on June 13, 2022, and their father has now been charged with their murders after police say he confessed to drowning them.

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Rivera mentioned the children have been on a weekend go to with their father at the time, and their mom had been planning to choose them up for a health care provider’s go to. The two dad and mom shared custody of the children.

Neighbors mentioned the household stayed to themselves, and did not actually have interaction with others on the block, however they did see the youngsters strolling to and from the varsity bus dropoff.

Their father, Karels, was not at dwelling when the our bodies have been discovered, however just a few hours later, Illinois State Police noticed his automobile on Interstate 57 close to a hundred and fifteenth Street, and following a chase throughout a number of highways, Karels crashed in a wooded space alongside Interstate 80 close to Water Street in Joliet.

Karels advised police after his arrest he had tried suicide a number of occasions. He additionally gave an in depth assertion of how he drowned the children in the bath. 

Karels was taken to a hospital and has been charged with three counts of homicide.

Investigators are awaiting the outcomes of toxicological checks to find out if the children have been drugged earlier than they have been drowned, however he mentioned there have been no different indicators of accidents on the children.

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