Illinois Father Accused of Drowning His Three Young Children Allegedly Left Note for Estranged Wife Saying ‘If I Can’t Have Them, Neither Can You’

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An Illinois father accused of drowning his three kids during a custodial visit allegedly left a note for his estranged wife saying, “If I can’t have them, neither can you.”

According to CBS News, prosecutors revealed the note during the bond hearing for 35-year-old Jason E. Karels, who authorities believe is responsible for the drowning deaths of his children: Bryant, 5, Cassidy, 3, and 2-year-old Gideon, in a bathtub at his Round Lake Beach home.

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

Debra told the station she and Jason — who faces three murder charges — were in the middle of a divorce, because he “constantly played games and neglected his family.”

According to the outlet, Debra discovered the dead bodies of her children laying on a bed Monday, when she went to pick them up after they spent the weekend with her estranged husband.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Tristan Balagtas