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"and that's probably one of the most disturbing parts of the whole thing"
An Alabama father has admitted that his two children are dead and that he buried their bodies near Mobile. But the most shocking part of the story? The children have been apparently dead for six months and not one person has reported them missing.
Jonathan and Natalie DeBlase, age three and four, have been missing from their home in Mobile, Alabama, since the end of June. But police say neither friends, family, or neighbors ever came forward to say the children were gone.
"No family members, no friends, no neighbors, none of them reported them missing," Mobile police spokesman Christopher Levy said, "and that's probably one of the most disturbing parts of the whole thing, that we're finding out six months later that they've been gone."
Police say they only first found out about the children after their step-mother came forward and alleged the father, John DeBlase, killed the children because they were "non-responsive."
John was arrested in Florida on Friday and has been charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse but has yet to be charged with murder. He is reportedly cooperating with police as they search for the bodies but says the step-mother, Heather Leavell-Keaton, is the murderer. She claims he is violent:
"We have been able to determine that both of them are responsible for the death of these two children," Mobile Police spokesman Christopher Levy told WALA-TV.
Keaton is currently being charged with two counts of willful abuse of a child.
Corrine Heathcock, the children's birth mother, said John was granted custody of the children after the couple divorced. According to the Daily Mail, she said she did not know the children were missing, and that John had stopped answering her calls and ignored her attempts to see the children.
Despite the father's admission that the children are dead, Corrine is sill wishing for the best: "Our hope is that they are found alive and well."
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