Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Father kills two children, hangs himself after Father's Day custody dispute

Father kills two children, hangs himself after Father's Day custody dispute

The mother went to look for the children at the Slater Street residence Sunday evening but they were not there, Cregan said.

Neighbors told the news station that Camara had recently moved in to the apartment since his separation from his wife, and appeared to be a loving father. Botelho da Camara had hanged himself in the room where his children lay, a grim discovery made only after deputies climbed through an apartment window at the mother's urging, according to police.

The father, 40, hung himself in a bedroom with the two kids nearby.

Police believe the father killed his children then killed himself, Cregan said.

Officers aren't saying how the kids died, only that there was no obvious sign of what caused their death and no signs of any trauma.

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KRON News reported that arguments between Camara and his wife at his Slater Street apartment were intense on several occasions.

Deputies say Camara and the children's mother were involved in a custody dispute before the double murder-suicide.

"I sit. swaddled in my daughter's blanket and drinking tea from a cup that reads "I love you mom", fighting back the tears and struggling to make sense of this horrific situation", Camara's wife said in a statement.

Two young children in Santa Rosa, California were killed over the weekend, apparently by their own father, before he took his own life, acording to local media reports. "He was always playing with them, riding his bike out here with them", neighbor Carrie Buchholz said.

Detectives were at the scene all day Monday, trying to determine a timeline, and a trigger for the sudden violence. Deputies found the three bodies when they returned with concerned relatives the next day. Both children were spending Father's Day with their father and were supposed to return home that night. Investigators say they encouraged the couple to obtain a custody order, which they did this past Wednesday. Buchholz said she never saw Camara mistreat his children.

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