Murdered Alabama children were tortured: documents

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:42am EST

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Chase DeBlase and his sister Natalie endured cruelty and torture before their father John DeBlase allegedly murdered them and dumped their bodies, according to court documents.

The scattered remains of Chase were found in a wooded area of Mississippi near the Alabama state line, Sheriff Mike Byrd, of Jackson County in Mississippi, said on Thursday.

Chase and his sister had been missing for six months before the body was found on Wednesday.

"(John) DeBlase had a shovel and intentions of burying the body, but the ground was too hard, so he shoved the body in a black plastic bag under a thicket and covered it with leaves," said Byrd.

DeBlase, from Mobile, Alabama, is charged with mistreating a corpse, according to court documents, in addition to murder.

Three-year-old Chase had his hands duct-taped to the side of his legs with a broomstick taped to his back by stepmother Heather Leavell-Keaton, the documents say.

A sock was shoved in his mouth, which was also closed with duct-tape. The parents went to bed, leaving the boy to stand all night long, according to court documents.

Natalie, whose body is still missing, was allegedly bound by hands and feet with tape, with a sock stuck in her mouth. The 5-year-old was then left in a black suitcase in a closet for 14 hours, according to court documents.

"It was just plain evil. Hell ain't hot enough for anybody who would do something like this to a child," said Byrd.

Police continue to search for Natalie's body near Mobile.

Leavell-Keaton is being held in Louisville, Kentucky, and would be brought to Alabama to face charges, police said.

Thus far she has been charged with child abuse, but further charges will be brought against her and DeBlase if Natalie's body is recovered, according to Major Cara Rose of the Mobile Police Department.

DeBlase and Keaton are blaming each other in the case, police say. A Leavell-Keaton relative started the search for the children's bodies when she tipped off police in Louisville, police said.

(Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (18)
emag wrote:
I don’t believe in hell or heaven, but I do believe in torturing those who would do this to children. And I would be happy to administer it.

Dec 10, 2010 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:

“We torture people all the time. Like country, like citizen. Thanks GW Bush! You rock! Is them citizens learning yet? Sure are….”

Define all the time. I believe the use of water boarding which is the equivalent of putting a washcloth over someones mouth and pouring water on it is no wear near what was done to these kids. You do realize that the terrorists gain weight and get medical treatment that they never received in their respective parts of the world while in Guitmo. I believe the average is 20 pounds.

Comparing the torture and murder of a 3 year old and a 5 year old to the interrigation of a terrorist leader who had knowledge of planned terrorist attacks that would kill hundreds-thousands of American citizens is dispicable. Thank you MoveOn.Org, MSNBC, Bill Mahr, for filling America with hateful, polarizing rhetoric that your parrots are still repeating several years after the fact. Time for you to MoveOn.

Dec 10, 2010 5:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
There is not enough Duck Tape in the world for what I would do to these two.

Dec 10, 2010 6:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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