A man from the suburbs Chicago accused in the drowning deaths of his three young children left a note for his ex-wife that said, “If I can’t have them, neither can you,” prosecutors said Wednesday.
The note was mentioned during a bond hearing for Jason E Karels35, of Round Lake Beach, who faces three counts of first-degree murder in the Monday deaths of 5-year-old Bryant Karels and 3-year-old Cassidy Karels and 2-year-old Gideon Karels.
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Officers sent to her home to check on the children’s welfare found the note, prosecutors said.
Jason Karels appeared before the Lake County Judge, Theodore Potkonjak, and was ordered held on $10 million bail. It was not immediately known if Karels had an attorney to speak on his behalf.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office will seek to arrest Karel’s without the possibility of cash bail, and that motion will be heard in court on July 13, prosecutor Jeff Fackham said.
Karels was arrested Monday after a police chase that ended in a crash on an Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet, Round Lake Beach Police Chief Gilbert Rivera said at a news conference Tuesday.
Karel’s He was hospitalized after the crash but has since been released, prosecutors said.
Rivera said the parents shared custody of the children but did not live together. Rivera maintained that he did not know his marital status.
After the accident in Joliet, Karel’s told rescuers that he was responsible for the death of his children and that he had attempted suicide before fleeing the house, Rivera said. Officers found the man’s blood in the house due to his attempts to harm himself.