Three Children — 5, 3 And 2 Years Old — Drown By Their Dad Who Then Tried To Flee From Cops, Authorities Say

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Source: Round Lake Beach police; MEGA

Jun. 15 2022, Published 11:05 a.m. ET

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A father has been accused of killing three children by drowning them and now faces murder charges, according to police and reports.

Around 1:40 p.m. on June 13, police in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, responded to a home and found three people dead inside.

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The victims were identified as 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy, and 2-year-old Gideon.

Police said the children were visiting their father, Jason Karels, 35, according to WGN. He was estranged from his wife and had custody of the children.

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Investigators said that Karels drowned the children, according to WGN. He was then found by Illinois State Police and led them on a 17-minute car chase that ended on the interstate.

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Karels allegedly admitted to drowning the children, but police have not released a motive in the case.

“I cannot fathom the pain this family is going through right now,” Round Lake Beach Police Chief Gilbert Rivera said at a news conference streamed online.

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Karels now faces first-degree murder charges and was booked into jail.

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page in the wake of the children’s death. It has raised more than $52,000 as of June 15.

“That evil has been in the hearts of minds of many people and it pays no mind to an address, community or even a country. It exists in Round Lake to Lake Forest and everywhere in between,” an organizer wrote on social media. “This was not a criminal act that is emblematic of who we are or where we live, rather a selfish soul, void of humanity, void of compassion, void of mental well being, who cared more about himself then he did about his own children.”


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