Father Charged with Drowning His 3 Young Children Left Note for Estranged Wife: “If I can’t have them, neither can you”

Jason E. Karels, 35, of Round Lake Beach, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths Monday of his three young children, 5-year-old Bryant Karels, 3-year-old Cassidy Karels and 2-year-old Gideon Karels.

“The most important thing to me were the kids, and he knew that,” his estranged wife Debra Karels told CBS Chicago. “He knew that nothing mattered but those children, and he took them away from me, because he knew that would hurt me the most.”

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